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Population structure, growth and distribution of Lingula anatina (Brachiopoda) in Queensland, Australia

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Size‐frequency data collected in large samples from five populations of Lingula anatina from North Queensland intertidal sandflats conformed to previously known brachiopod size‐frequency distributions. Probability paper analysis of the samples and constituent sub‐samples confirmed that all the distributions had a hidden poly‐modality resulting from a long but defined breeding season. Two patterns of annual recruitment were revealed; the first is the periodic failure of the populations to gain recruits and the second is one of patchy distribution of settlement cohorts. These patterns introduce sampling bias into the derivation of lingulid size frequency curves unless compensated by more extensive sampling methods than have previously been considered adequate. The interpretation of year classes has enabled a growth curve to be derived. The populations inhabited predominantly sandy sub‐strates and displayed aggregated distributions. Littoral distribution of the species is regarded as optimal rather than marginal. Copyright © 1978, Wiley Blackwell. All rights reserved

Publication Date


  • 1978

Citation


  • Kenchington, R. A., & Hammond, L. S. (1978). Population structure, growth and distribution of Lingula anatina (Brachiopoda) in Queensland, Australia. Journal of Zoology, 184(1), 63-81. doi:10.1111/j.1469-7998.1978.tb03266.x

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84985346433

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 63

End Page


  • 81

Volume


  • 184

Issue


  • 1

Abstract


  • Size‐frequency data collected in large samples from five populations of Lingula anatina from North Queensland intertidal sandflats conformed to previously known brachiopod size‐frequency distributions. Probability paper analysis of the samples and constituent sub‐samples confirmed that all the distributions had a hidden poly‐modality resulting from a long but defined breeding season. Two patterns of annual recruitment were revealed; the first is the periodic failure of the populations to gain recruits and the second is one of patchy distribution of settlement cohorts. These patterns introduce sampling bias into the derivation of lingulid size frequency curves unless compensated by more extensive sampling methods than have previously been considered adequate. The interpretation of year classes has enabled a growth curve to be derived. The populations inhabited predominantly sandy sub‐strates and displayed aggregated distributions. Littoral distribution of the species is regarded as optimal rather than marginal. Copyright © 1978, Wiley Blackwell. All rights reserved

Publication Date


  • 1978

Citation


  • Kenchington, R. A., & Hammond, L. S. (1978). Population structure, growth and distribution of Lingula anatina (Brachiopoda) in Queensland, Australia. Journal of Zoology, 184(1), 63-81. doi:10.1111/j.1469-7998.1978.tb03266.x

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84985346433

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 63

End Page


  • 81

Volume


  • 184

Issue


  • 1