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Coastal Area 15201 Inner Kinko Bay

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Relevant municipalities Aira, Kagoshima, Kirishima, Kagoshima Prefecture
Area (km2) 101

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Selected by MARXAN software.

Characteristics A separate window opensReferences

These are the waters in the vicinity of the inner part of Kinko Bay in Kagoshima Prefecture. The mouth of the Amori River and its vicinity is a healthy habitat for common Orient clam, native to Japan. Also common here are the bivalves Psammotaea minor, Moerella rutila, and parasitic Peregrinamor ohshimai. Lovenia elongata live here in high densities as well. Macrophthalmus abbreviatus are common too. At the Shigetomi coast are some natural tidal mud flats that remain in Kagoshima Bay, with highly diverse species of benthic organisms (Ministry of the Environment, 2001). In addition, there are hydrothermal vents and seep communities (Fujikura et al., 2008).

Environment / Habitat infromation A separate window opensData source

Tidal mud flats (km2) 2.4
Moba (seaweed bed) (km2) 0.8
Coral reef coverage (km2)
Natural coast (km) 13.4
Rate of natural coast (%) 28
Sand bank / submerged sand bank
Other habitats hydrothermal vent ecology

Species information (*) A separate window opensData source

Criteria 1
Pinnixa haematosticta
Periclimenes thermohydrophilus
<Bivalva, Gastropoda>
Angustassiminea castanea
Stenomelania rufescens
Meretrix lusoria
Solen strictus
Corbicula japonica
Criteria 2
Monticola solitarius (Blue Rock-thrush)[Br/Ne]
Seriola quinqueradiata (Japanese amberjack)[Sp]
Trachurus japonicus (Japanese jack mackerel)[Sp]
Criteria 3
Chiromantes haematocheir
Pinnixa haematosticta
Helice (Helice) tridens
Parasesarma plicatum
Ilyoplax pusilla
<Bivalva, Gastropoda>
Stenomelania rufescens
Meretrix lusoria
Stenothyra japonica
<Other invertebrate>
Mesochaetopterus japonicus
Criteria 7
Macrophthalmus abbreviatus
<Bivalva, Gastropoda>
Clithon sowerbianus
Stenomelania rufescens
Meretrix lusoria
Cerithidea rhizophorarum
Cerithideopsilla cingulata
Corbicula japonica
Moerella rutila

* 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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