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The establishment of Spartina in the Tamar Estuary, Tasmania

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Phillips, AW (1975) The establishment of Spartina in the Tamar Estuary, Tasmania. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 109. pp. 65-76. ISSN 0080-4703

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Abstract

Spartina anglica was introduced into the Tamar Estuary, Tasmania, in 1947. Initially spread was slow but subsequently rapid. It is capable of colonizing all rock types and sediments available in the estuary but fine sediments provide the most and basalt the least suitable substrate. It colonises all available slopes (10 degrees -28 degrees). As a result of the introduction, mud banks become stabilized and the navigable channel thereby safeguarded. The spread of Spartina has, however, adversely affected some beaches and private jetties.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Tasmania, Hobart, Royal Society of Tasmania, RST, Van Diemens Land, natural history, science, ecology, taxonomy, botany, zoology, geology, geography, papers & proceedings, Australia, UTAS Library
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 65-76
ISSN: 0080-4703
Additional Information: Copyright Royal Society of Tasmania
Date Deposited: 23 May 2012 04:57
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:34
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/13816
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