Bulletin 17 - July 1982: Marine Shells of Abu Dhabi



Marine Shells of Abu Dhabi

by Catherine Kirby

(This is the first of a series of articles by Catherine Kirby recording shells at various locations, but primarily around Abu Dhabi Island. It follows her introductory article on Sea Shells in Bulletin No. 16, March 1982, pp.31 -34. -Ed.)

Within the past few years the Corniche and outer breakwater have been constructed, creating considerable disturbance to the marine mollusca ecology. During this construction period few shells were to be found along the Corniche beach west of the Clock Tower. It is therefore interesting to note the rapid regeneration of marine life, particularly shells, since the completion of these projects. Further work, however, remains to be carried out to determine the precise causes of this regeneration.

Sample Collection, March 1981 Sample Collection, February 5 1982

Class Bivalvia

Class Bivalvia

1. Pteriacea
Pinctada margaritifera
1. Pteriacea
Pinctada margaritifera - live
2. Pectinacea
Chlamys senatorius
2. Pectinacea
Chlamys senatorius - live
3. Veneracea
Lioconcha castrensis
3. Veneracea
Lioconcha castrensis - live
Circe callipyga
Circe corrugata
Callisata erycina
Donsina alta
-- 4. Mactracea
Mactra species to be identified
-- 5. Ostreidae
Ostrea species

Class Gastropoda

Class Gastropoda

1. Muricacea
Thais savigni
Morula granulata
1. Muricacea
Thais savigni - live
Morula granulata
Murex kusterianus - live large, colony
2. Strombacea
Strombus decorus persicus
Strombus fasciatus
Strombus species not identified
2. Strombacea
Strombus decorus persicus
Strombus fasciatus
Strombus species not identified
-- 3. Patellacea
Cellana species
-- 4. Trochacea
Trochus erythraeus - live
-- 5. Buccinacea
Nassarius arcularius - live
Fusinus townsendi (arabicus) - live
-- 6. Volutacea
Ancilla acuminata
-- 7. Opisthobranchia
Bulla ampilla

 


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