Accession Number : ADA104601


Title :   The Ecology of the Benthic and Endolithic Communities of a Rocky Reef in the Kelp Beds off Del Monte Beach, Monterey, California.


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Hoffman,Richard Gurney , Jr


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA104601


Report Date : Jun 1981


Pagination or Media Count : 118


Abstract : Divers, using SCUBA equipment, conducted an ecological survey along two transects on a large reef-like feature in the exposed shale off Del Monte Beach. A population census and notes concerning the relative location of the various organisms, including the identification of 248 species, is presented. The vertical variations of the populations of bivalve borers and associated benthic and endolithic organisms was investigated. The major environmental factors controlling the populations in this area were seen to be the level of siltation and the hardness of the rock. The large bivalve borers (Chaceia ovoidea and Parapholas californica) occupy different regions of the ledge. Chaceia was found in the vertical regions away from silt deposition and Parapholas was found in the horizontal regions, often under several centimeters of sand. Other possible boring organisms were identified. The sipunculid Themiste pyroides was found in burrows that are quite different from the typical bivalve burrow. The annelid Palola paloloides was found in burrows that are quite different from the typical bivalve burrow. The annelid Palola paloloides was found in burrows of apparently its own manufacture. A number of nestling organisms were found. The annelid nestlers found in this region show a large variation across the vertical face that was a result of the different siltation regimes. (Author)


Descriptors :   *KELP , *ECOLOGY , *MARINE BORERS , ENVIRONMENTS , THESES , ROCK , GEOLOGY , SURVEYS , CALIFORNIA , SHALE , ANNELIDA , POLYCHAETA


Subject Categories : Biological Oceanography


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE