Freshwater Mussels of the Upper Midwest
Heelsplitter, Pigtoe, Higgins Eye: the names say almost as much
about the namers as these creatures clinging to pilings. Little Spectaclecase,
Fatmucket, Pistolgrip: who says Joe wouldn’t know poetry if it slammed him
on the foot? Deertoe, Hickorynut, Pimpleback: 69% imperiled (don’t blame the namers, blame
sediments, logging, run-off. Invaders displacing natives). Elktoe, Snuffbox, Purple Wartyback,
Fawnsfoot, Rainbow: I did not know their larvae attach to the gills of a host. Neglected to consider
the fulgent brains of those unschooled in verse.