The clubshell was historically found in the Ohio, Cumberland and Tennessee River systems and Lake Erie drainages. Within these river systems it was found in the Wabash, Kanawha, Kentucky, Green, Monogahela and Alleghany Rivers. The range of P. clava has been greatly reduced.
In Michigan P. clava is restricted to the St. Joseph River (of the Maumee drainage) in Hillsdale County.
Biogeographic Regions: nearctic (Native )
- Badra, P. 2001. Special animal abstract for Pleurobema clava (northern clubshell). Lansing, Michigan: Michigan Natural Features Inventory. Accessed October 10, 2005 at http://web4.msue.msu.edu/mnfi/abstracts/aquatics/Pleurobema_clava.pdf.
- Burch, J. 1975. Freshwater unionacean clams (Mollusca: Pelecypoda) of North America. Hamburg, Michigan: Malacological Publications.