Although not a rare species, it’s a rare treat to happen upon a freshly opened Pink Heelsplitter (Potamilus alatus) and catch a glimpse of this iridescent nacre.  These valves (shells) were found on Big Darby Creek State Scenic River, perhaps soon after a raccoon had itself a feast!

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