A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF LASAEA AUSTRALIS, VULSELLA SPONGIARUM, PINNA BICOLOR AND DONACILLA CUNEATA (MOLLUSCA; BIVALVIA) FROM PRINCESS ROYAL HARBOUR, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

David Roberts

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Abstract

Monthly samples of L. australis, V. spongiartum, P. bicolor and D. cuneata were collected over a period of 12 months from Princess Royal Harbour, Western Australia. Preliminary information on densities and biomass is given. Gonad histology points to seasonal reproductive cycles with autumn spawning in P. bicolor and D. cuneata and irregular spawning in V. spongiantm and L. australis. However, L. australis did show two peaks of larval brooding in the study period. Length-frequency data are discussed in the light of the proposed reproductive patterns for the four species. Allometric relationships between length and both height and width for all species are described and their value to each species assessed. Populations of L. australis from different habitats show significant differences in shell shape.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-136
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Molluscan Studies
Volume50(3)
Publication statusPublished - 1984

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