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Aspects of the ecology and zooeography of fishes from soft-bottom habitats of the Tasmanian shore zone

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Last, PR (1983) Aspects of the ecology and zooeography of fishes from soft-bottom habitats of the Tasmanian shore zone. PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

The fish faunas of the shore zone of coastal lakes, estuaries and beaches of Tasmania were sampled seasonally over a two year period.Environmental characteristics of this zone were described and a classification of habitats was proposed.
Three broadly defined soft bottom environments were identified. The first, a closed and semi-closed esturine environment, contained a complex of habitats including coastal lakes, bar-dammed lagoons and rivers and beach-dammed lagoons.
A second type of environment consisted of a range of estuarine systems, such as open lagoons, bay estuaries, tidal rivers and tidal creeks, that are permanently open to the sea. Beach habitats comprised the final environment type and these varied in their exposure to wave action from sheltered to exposed. In general, most habitat types were found to be geographically variable and highly complex which stemmed mainly from regionally differing climatic factors, tidal regimes and degrees of wave exposure

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