Freshwater mussels eat decomposed or very small pieces of dead leaves called detritus and very small microorganisms like algae, bacteria, and viruses. Freshwater mussels eat by siphoning (or sucking) in water and filtering (or picking) out the food.

This is a picture of star filament algae.


This is a picture of a bacterium.



For more information about microorganisms visit


[Back to home page]