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Spatial distribution of Littorina neritoides (L. 1758) (Mollusca, Gastropoda) in the supralittoral zone in the Balearic Islands
Bosch, M.; Moreno, I. (1986). Spatial distribution of Littorina neritoides (L. 1758) (Mollusca, Gastropoda) in the supralittoral zone in the Balearic Islands. Cah. Biol. Mar. 27(1): 53-62
In: Cahiers de Biologie Marine. Station Biologique de Roscoff: Paris. ISSN 0007-9723, more
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Keywords
    Spatial distribution; Gastropoda [WoRMS]; Littorina neritoides (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]; Mollusca [WoRMS]; MED, Spain, Balearic I. [Marine Regions]; Marine

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  • Bosch, M.
  • Moreno, I.

Abstract
    The spatial distribution of Littorina neritoides in relation to the distance to the sea and to the upper limit of Chthamalus stellatus and C. depressus has been studied in six transects in six different stations of the Balearic supralittoral zone and in two rock pools 1.5 and 3 m from the sea. In the transects, as well as in the pools, the distribution has a very similar pattern and there is a relationship with the behaviour of the cirripeds. The rock surface, the humectation and the direct radiation are important factors affecting the distribution of L. neritoides but their importance is not the same in the whole transect. A migration upshore of the animals through their life is also observed, being the elder ones farther from the sea than the younger ones.

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