Kōrero: Life in fresh water

Freshwater mussel (2 o 6)

Freshwater mussel

There are three species of freshwater mussel in New Zealand. Kākahi (Hyridella menziesii), shown here, is the most widespread. Kākahi once formed large beds in lakes and rivers, and were harvested as a food by Māori. Their habitat ranges from small fast-flowing rivers to lakes, where they live on sandy or muddy bottoms. Known as filter feeders, they get food by filtering particles such as phytoplankton from the water.

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Department of Conservation
Reference: 10056104
Photograph by Sjaan Chateris

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Roger Young, 'Life in fresh water - Invertebrates', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/11630/freshwater-mussel (accessed 16 July 2020)

He kōrero nā Roger Young, i tāngia i te 24 Sep 2007