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Coastal Area 14903 Adjacent waters of Kumejima Island

Basic Information A separate window opensReferences

Relevant municipalities Kumejima, Okinawa Prefecture
Area (km2) 254

Reason(s) for selection A separate window opensCriteria

Selected due to high levels for the criteria 4, and selected by MARXAN software.

Characteristics A separate window opensReferences

These are the waters in the vicinity of Kumejima Island. On the sea to the east extends a coral cay 7 km in length called Hatenohama. Hatenohama also is home to expansive sea grass and seaweed beds. In the waters near Kume Island the northbound Kuroshio Current forms an abundant fishing ground. These waters also include waters where humpback whale raise their young in the winter (Ogasawara Maritime Center and Kato, 2002; Calambokids et al., 2001).

Environment / Habitat infromation A separate window opensData source

Tidal mud flats (km2) 0.6
Moba (seaweed bed) (km2) 0.9
Coral reef coverage (km2) 8.1
Natural coast (km) 49.6
Rate of natural coast (%) 63
Sand bank / submerged sand bank
Other habitats Mangroves, submerged cave

Species information (*) A separate window opensData source

Criteria 2
Megaptera novaeangliae (Humpback whale)
Criteria 3
Anguilla japonica (Japanese eel)
Hypseleotris cyprinoides (Tropical carp-gudgeon)
<Bivalva, Gastropoda>
Laemodonta siamensis
Criteria 4
Eleutherobia grayi
Isis hippuris
Junceella fragilis
Menella praelonga
Criteria 7
<Bivalva, Gastropoda>
Sermyla riqueti
Truncatella pfeifferi

* 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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