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ISSN Print: 2349-6800 | ISSN Online: 2320-7078

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2014, Vol. 2, Issue 5
The molluscan fauna (gastropods and bivalves) and notes on environmental conditions of two adjoining protected bays in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Philippines

Rafael M. Picardal and Roger G. Dolorosa

With the rising pressure of urbanization to biodiversity, this study aimed to obtain baseline information on species richness of gastropods and bivalves in two protected bays (Turtle and Binunsalian) in Puerto Princesa City, Philippines before the establishment of the proposed mega resort facilities. A total of 108 species were recorded, (19 bivalves and 89 gastropods). The list includes two rare miters, seven recently described species and first record of Timoclea imbricata (Veneridae) in Palawan. Threatened species were not encountered during the survey suggesting that both bays had been overfished. Turtle Bay had very low visibility, low coral cover, substantial signs of ecosystem disturbances and shift from coral to algal communities. Although Binunsalian Bay had clearer waters and relatively high coral cover, associated fish and macrobenthic invertebrates were of low or no commercial values. Upon the establishment and operations of the resort facilities, follow-up species inventories and habitat assessment are suggested to evaluate the importance of private resorts in biodiversity restoration.
The bivalves of Turtle and Binunsalian Bays. 1. Anadara uropigimelana, 2. Isognomon isognomum, 3. Maleus maleus, 4. Septifer excisus, 5. Decatopecten radula, 6. Juxtamusium coudeini, 7. Bractechlamys vexillum.
Fig.: The bivalves of Turtle and Binunsalian Bays. 1. Anadara uropigimelana, 2. Isognomon isognomum, 3. Maleus maleus, 4. Septifer excisus, 5. Decatopecten radula, 6. Juxtamusium coudeini, 7. Bractechlamys vexillum.
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How to cite this article:
Rafael M. Picardal and Roger G. Dolorosa. The molluscan fauna (gastropods and bivalves) and notes on environmental conditions of two adjoining protected bays in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Philippines. Journal of Entomology and Zoology Studies. 2014; 2(5): 72-90.
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