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Coastal Area 14406 Adjacent waters of Western Tanegashima Island

Basic Information A separate window opensReferences

Relevant municipalities Nishinoomote, Nakatane, Kagoshima Prefecture
Area (km2) 45

Reason(s) for selection A separate window opensCriteria

Selected due to high levels for the criteria 8.

Characteristics A separate window opensReferences

These waters are centered on the Nagahama Coast on the west side of Tanegashima Island. The Nagahama Coast on Tanegashima Island's west side is one of the longest natural sandy beaches in Japan, rich in biota typical of sandy beach ecosystems. In this natural site largely free from artificial structures Meretrix lamarckii are prolific, and there is a diverse range of shellfish as well (Kato, personal communication). In addition, these waters also are important as the waters in front of an important loggerhead turtle spawning ground (Kamezaki, 2007).

Environment / Habitat infromation A separate window opensData source

Tidal mud flats (km2)
Moba (seaweed bed) (km2)
Coral reef coverage (km2)
Natural coast (km) 20.8
Rate of natural coast (%) 65.3
Sand bank / submerged sand bank
Other habitats

Species information (*) A separate window opensData source

Criteria 1
Euphyllia paraglabrescens
Criteria 2
Engraulis japonicus (Japanese anchovy)[Sp]
Scomber australasicus (Blue mackerel)[Sp]
Trichiurus japonicus (Largehead hairtail)[Sp]
Seriola quinqueradiata (Japanese amberjack)[Sp]
Trachurus japonicus (Japanese jack mackerel)[Sp]
Sardinops melanostictus (Japanese pilchard)[Sp]
Scomber japonicus (Chub mackerel)[Sp]
Criteria 3
Cicindela anchoralis
Cicindela sumatrensis niponensis

* This is the species list of which meet the criteria. In that matter, this list does not include all species that inhabit the individual area.
Abbreviation in the information is as follows.
[Br/Ne] : Adjacent water of breeding area or nesting site
[Sp] : spawning area
[Ad] : species not used for analysis but add to the list because inhabit information was collected later
[Ex] : species used for analysis but considered to be possibly extinct in the EBSA region (area)
No mark : data of species distribution


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