General Description

Shell with two halves joined by a hinge. Oval-shaped, coloured black or brown. Shell up to 15 cm across.


Freshwater Mussels burrow in soft sediments at the bottom of lakes and rivers and feed on organic matter filtered from the water. All of the species in this family live only in the southern hemisphere.


Mainland Australia and Tasmania.


Billabongs, lakes, streams and lowland rivers.

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