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Free Content Habitats and Substrates of Ostrea Frons, and Distinguishing Features of Early Spat

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Various habitats in the Bahamas were examined for Ostrea frons with the aid of SCUBA. The coral reef is the characteristic habitat. The oyster occurred on live and dead gorgonians. Spat are recognized by a broad white stripe on the right valve. On gorgonian colonies, the spat of Ostrea frons had set on adherent shells or calcareous encrustations, rather than on gorgonian tissues. In the United States National Museum collections, most of the specimens of O. frons with identifiable substrates had grown on gorgonian colonies, though shells, scrap metal, and Acropora were also common substrates. Reports of oysters on mangrove trees are referable to Crassostrea spp.

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Publication date: June 1, 1971

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