Molluscan zonation on rocky shores in Malta

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Abstract

The Lewis (1964) zonation scheme is applicable to the microtidal coasts of the Mediterranean. The monotonous limestone substrates of Malta highlight the effects of wave action and exposure on molluscan distribution. Comparison with sublittoral transects reveals a distinct break between the intertidal and sublittoral fauna on the island. Although Malta has a small species pool, species richness at individual sites is high compared to other areas of the Mediterranean. Substrate type is probably a major control of species richness.-from Author

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-224
JournalJournal of Conchology
Volume31
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1983
Externally publishedYes

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