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Spengler’s mussel

<p>The Ebre is one of the few rivers that still preserve populations of Spengler&rsquo;s mussel.</p>

The Ebre is one of the few rivers that still preserve populations of Spengler’s mussel.

Spengler’s mussel is a bivalve with an iridescent thick, hard, ear-shaped shell. It is one of the most endangered molluscs in Europe and on the Ebre, one of the few rivers that still preserve a number of colonies, in this case near Saragossa and in Catalonia. Its shell has been exploited since ancient times for a number of purposes.

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