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The coastal marine mollusc fauna of King Island, Tasmania


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Grove, SJ and de Little, R (2014) The coastal marine mollusc fauna of King Island, Tasmania. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 148. pp. 17-42. ISSN 0080-4703

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The findings of a week-long survey of coastal marine molluscs around King Island are documented. In total, 408 species were recorded, 78 for the first time. King Island appears to be the only Tasmanian outpost for 44 species. Only two non-native species were found. A number of usually distinct species-pairs or groups appear to form intergrades around King Island. Along the island’s east coast, beached shells belonging to Quaternary-era sub-fossils were found, not all of which are represented in the contemporary local fauna. Following critical examination of published sources and museum specimens, a checklist of King Island’s coastal marine mollusc fauna is presented, comprising 619 species. It is likely that many more local species await discovery and documentation.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Mollusca, King Island, Tasmania, The Royal Society of Tasmania, natural history, science, papers & proceedings, Australia
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 17-42
ISSN: 0080-4703
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Copyright The Royal Society of Tasmania

Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2016 01:53
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2017 16:00
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