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Coastal Area 14602 Adjacent waters of Kasari Bay, Amami Oshima Island

Basic Information A separate window opensReferences

Relevant municipalities Amami, Tatsugo, Kagoshima Prefecture
Area (km2) 71

Reason(s) for selection A separate window opensCriteria

Selected due to high levels for the criteria 3, 7 and 8, and selected by MARXAN software.

Characteristics A separate window opensReferences

These waters extend from southwestern Amami Oshima Island through Kasari Bay to Cape Kasari. Kasari Bay is distinguished by being the northern limit for tropical sea grass and having a large distribution of such plants (Hirayama et al, 2005). In addition, its intertidal zone is one of the few places in Japan where Lingula species can be found. It is home to highly diverse species, including Onchidium hongkongense, Listriolobus riukiuensis, Ptychodera flava and others (Ministry of the Environment, 2001).

Environment / Habitat infromation A separate window opensData source

Tidal mud flats (km2) 1
Moba (seaweed bed) (km2)
Coral reef coverage (km2) 10.7
Natural coast (km) 48.3
Rate of natural coast (%) 60
Sand bank / submerged sand bank
Other habitats

Species information (*) A separate window opensData source

Criteria 1
Ilyograpsus nodulosus
Tmethypocoelis choreutes
<Bivalva, Gastropoda>
Cassidula plecotrematoides japonica
<Other invertebrate>
Lingula anatina
Criteria 2
Monticola solitarius (Blue Rock-thrush)[Br/Ne]
Egretta sacra (Pacific Reef-egret)[Br/Ne]
Sterna albifrons (Little Tern)
Sterna albifrons (Little Tern)[Br/Ne]
Charadrius alexandrinus (Kentish Plover)[Br/Ne]
Criteria 3
Sterna albifrons (Little Tern)
Anguilla japonica (Japanese eel)
Lentipes armatus
Sicyopterus lagocephalus (Red-tailed goby)
Helice (Helice) tridens
Tritodynamia rathbuni
Uca boninensis
Hexapus sexpes
<Bivalva, Gastropoda>
Stenomelania costellaris
Pythia cecillei
Laemodonta siamensis
Cassidula plecotrematoides japonica
Mactra grandis
Acanthastrea hemprichii
Heliopora coerulea
Montipora patula
Pavona decussata
Porites nigrescens
Turbinaria reniformis
Criteria 7
Hexapus sexpes
<Bivalva, Gastropoda>
Clithon sowerbianus
Neritina plumbea
Cerithideopsilla cingulata
Lingula anatina
Neritina variegata
<Other invertebrate>
Protankyra bidentata

* 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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