Seldom is malacology concerned with problems of toponymy. There has been one question of long standing, however, which in spite of an official ruling has never been completely settled in the minds of some malacologists. While the famous rapids in the Tennessee River, habitat of abundant river mussels but known officially and most commonly as "Muscle Shoals," are no longer in existence, the name is perpetuated by the hydroelectric plant and by a nearby town bearing the same name. It is interesting to trace the historical development of this name and its relationship to the work and publications of malacologists.
How to Cite:
Dexter, R. W., (1961) “Mussel shoals vs. muscle shoals”, Sterkiana 4(1), 29–31.