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General features of the ecology and biogeography of Tasmanian subtidal rocky shore communities
Edgar, GJ (1984) General features of the ecology and biogeography of Tasmanian subtidal rocky shore communities. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 118. pp. 173-186. ISSN 0080-4703
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A number of subtidal benthic assemblages of plants and animals which commonly occur
around the Tasmanian coast are described. These assemblages are incorporated into a general
scheme which relates subtidal zonation patterns to wave exposure and depth.
The existence of a cool-temperate marine biogeographic province (the Maugean) ,
centred in southern, western and eastern Tasmanian waters, is reaffirmed. The biota of
the northern Tasmanian coast is considered similar to that of the Victorian coast and includes
a large component of Flindersian (Southern Australian) species. A number of
Peronian (New South Wales) species reach the Tasmanian east coast. Most of these animals
probably drift to Tasmania as pelagic larvae in southward flowing currents, and may even
travel further afield to New Zealand, but have difficulty surviving to maturity and spawning.
Many Maugean plant and animal species also occur in New Zealand.
|Keywords:||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. 173-186|
|Collections:||Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania|
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|Date Deposited:||25 May 2012 02:58|
|Last Modified:||18 Nov 2014 04:35|
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