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Response Statement - Rainbow

This small mussel is widely distributed in southern Ontario. Surveys since the previous assessment in 2006 have found large numbers of individuals in previously unknown localities, especially at headwaters of larger rivers. There is strong evidence of recent recruitment in six of the seven subpopulations examined. Although it has been lost from Lake Erie and the Detroit and Niagara Rivers, it was apparently never common in these waters. Two subpopulations (Ausable River and Lake St. Clair) have low abundance and are showing signs of continued decline. Ongoing threats to some subpopulations include invasive species (dreissenid mussels and Round Goby) and pollution (household sewage and urban wastewater as well as agricultural effluents). The species may become Threatened if threats are not effectively managed or mitigated.

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Director
Canadian Wildlife Service
Environment Canada
351 Boul St-Joseph
Gatineau, QC
K1A 0H3
Tel: 800-668-6767
Fax: 819-938-4147
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