Notes on Shell Morphology, Growth, and Distribution of Ostrea Equestris Say
The range of distribution of Ostrea equestris was found to extend north as far as 37°31′N, about half-way between Delaware and Chesapeake Bays. This species prefers water of high salinity; it is frequently found on ship wrecks off North Carolina islands and inside the stabilizer tubes of navigation buoys. Variations in shell morphology, denticulation, and size were studied in a population of O. equestris found growing in the sheltered environment inside the stabilizer tube of the buoy off the entrance to St. Mary's River (S. C.). The population comprised two successive year classes. The described variations were found to be associated with the crowding and could not be attributed to physical and chemical factors of the environment. The largest specimen measured 82 mm in height.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 1962-01-01
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