Mussel Community Studies [Year Two].

Kanter, Robert (1978) Mussel Community Studies [Year Two]. Los Angeles, CA., University of Southern California, (Southern California Baseline Study and Analysis 1976/1977,3-1.2)

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The communities associated with Mytilus californianus (mussel) beds from eleven geographic localities in Southern California were examined. The localities included four mainland sites - Government Point, Goleta Point, Corona del Mar and San Diego; and seven offshore islands including - San Miguel Island, Santa Rosa Island, Santa Cruz Island, Santa Barbara Island, Santa Catalina Island, San Nicholas Island and San Clemente Island. This geographic coverage. was much more complete than the previous year (1975-1976 program). However, it is still less than ideal. In particular a single island collection locality may not be representative of an entire island. Therefore greater geographic coverage of the islands is recommended for the future. In general, the 1500 cm2 sample size adopted during the 1975-1976 program proved adequate for sampling most of the structurally diverse mussel beds this year. This sample size supplied information on the characteristic and abundant species inhabiting a particular mussel bed, and provided data which was well suited to intersite community comparisons. This sample size was too small in several instances to include the rarer, less abundant species. The mussel communities from all localities contributed to the master species list which contained conservatively 481 species of animals and 63 specie s of algae. The most diverse collections came from Santa Cruz Island and Corona del Mar, and these areas contained 120 and 119 species respectively. The lowest diversity was recorded for the mussel beds from Goleta Point: which contained 57 species. Mussel community samples were collected from upper and lower intertidal areas occupied by the mussel beds within a locality. In general, community differences both in composition and abundance were associated with these collections. (PDF contains 158 pages)

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: Mussel Community Studies [Year Two].
Alternative Title: Southern California Baseline Study. Year Two: Intertidal study of the Southern California Bight. Volume III, Report 1.2 Mussel Community Studies
Personal Creator/Author:
Kanter, Robert
Series Name: Southern California Baseline Study and Analysis 1976/1977
Volume: 3
Number: 1.2
Date: 1978
Publisher: University of Southern California
Place of Publication: Los Angeles, CA.
Projects: Contract AA550-CT6-40 to Science Applications, Inc.
Funders: Bureau of Land Management, Department of Interior
Uncontrolled Keywords: California Channel Islands; BLM
Subjects: Ecology
Item ID: 2450
Depositing User: Joe Wible
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2009 22:15
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 19:04

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