Carter's Freshwater Mussel, Freshwater Mussel  |  

Westralunio carteri

Status: Vulnerable on the EPBC Act list

Adult shells brown to brick red and sometimes almost black, usually with conspicuous erosion on umbo region with remainder of shell covered by periostracum with concentric lines.

Government evidence of impact of climate change:

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  • Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Westralunio carteri

    Salinity (past; present and Maintain freshwater flow and in freshwater noted most future) groundwater discharge. streams; rivers; recently between Water extraction; dehydration Avoid clearing riparian reservoirs and lakes 2010 2015 Many catchments have and heat stress (present and vegetation and forested areas within 50 100km of become saline or are high future) within catchments. the coast; from in nutrients; which have led Gingin Brook south to mass mortality events in Climate change (future) Maintain shading riparian to Kent River; recent years. vegetation and revegetate Nutrient pollution (present and Goodga River and where necessary. future) Waychinicup River.
    Throughout range; Water Water extraction Maintain shading riparian vegetation; especially in extraction climate change ensuring plant recruitment is occurring regulated rivers Dehydration and revegetate where necessary avoid heat stress clearing along waterways maintain environmental flows avoid unnecessary water extraction and or mitigate impacts during rapid drawdowns within reservoirs (e.g. translocation of stranded individuals to suitable habitat).