The molluscan fauna of an intertidal sand beach in Princess Royal Harbour, W.A.. is divided into two associations. The upper association, located between +0.10 and +0.59 m relative to tidal datum, is characterized by Hydrococcus graniformis and Batillariella estuarina. The lower assemblage, between +0.09 and -0.29 m is dominated numerically by Zeacumantus diemenensis and Katelysia scalarina. The assemblages are equivalent to the midlittoral- and sublittoral-fringe groupings described on both sandy and rocky shores by other authors. There is no supralittoral-fringe component in the molluscan fauna ofprincess Royal Harbour. The break between the two assemblages occurs at + 0.1 m, just below the minimum tide level in the area. Possible reasons for the zonation patterns are discussed and compared with other studies of intertidal zonation on sandy shores.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Australian Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research|
|Publication status||Published - 1980|
Wells, F. E., & Roberts, D. (1980). Molluscan assemblages on an intertidal sandflat in Princess Royal Harbour, Westren Austrailia. Australian Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 31(4), 499-507.