Australian Museum Journal Molluscs and echinoderms from the Emily Bay settlement site, Norfolk Island

Shortform:
Campbell and Schmidt, 2001, Rec. Aust. Mus., Suppl. 27: 109–114
Author(s):
Campbell, Colin R.; Schmidt, Lyn
Year published:
2001
Title:
Molluscs and echinoderms from the Emily Bay settlement site, Norfolk Island
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum, Supplement
Volume:
27
Start page:
109
End page:
114
DOI:
10.3853/j.0812-7387.27.2001.1345
Language:
English
Date published:
28 November 2001
Cover date:
28 November 2001
ISBN:
ISBN 0-7347-2305-9
ISSN:
0812-7387
CODEN:
RAMSEZ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
ECHINODERMATA; MOLLUSCA; NORFOLK ISLAND
Digitized:
28 November 2001
Available online:
28 November 2001
Reference number:
1345
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Title page:
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Complete work:
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Abstract

The Emily Bay archaeological molluscan fauna as an ensemble is almost entirely intertidal in its natural occurrence, with seven species preferring sand or mud substrates and 13 species preferring hard substrates. The only exceptions are the pelagic cephalopods Nautilus and Spirula. The gastropod species Nerita atramentosa is dominant in both numbers and by weight. The rocky intertidal platform was the focus of mollusc collecting. The four most common species derive from this zone and habitually cluster in colonies, which would have made them a preferred prey. Among the many factors that may have contributed to eventual abandonment of Norfolk Island, a scarcity of easily harvestable coastal marine resources would probably have been significant.