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Coastal Area 16201 Tottori sand dunes coast

Basic Information A separate window opensReferences

Relevant municipalities Iwami, Tottori, Tottori Prefecture; Shinonsen, Hyogo Prefecture
Area (km2) 147

Reason(s) for selection A separate window opensCriteria

Selected due to high levels for the criteria 2, and selected by MARXAN software.

Characteristics A separate window opensReferences

These waters include the Tottori sand dunes and Uradome coast. Large sandy shores themselves are few in the San'in region (the Sea of Japan side), in these waters are expansive sandy shores whose natural state is well preserved. In particular, it has been reported that Stimpson's ghost crab, a species that lives on sandy shores in a highly natural state, is widely distributed on the sandy shores here (Wada, 2009). This area also includes important habitats for rare insects and spiders that live only on large-scale beach sand dunes, such as Lycosa ishikariana, Cicindela laetescripta and others (Suzuki et al., 2006; Tsurusaki et al., 2012). In addition, the coast of the sea extending in front of Iwami is home to some of the leading Sargassum beds in the central-southern Sea of Japan, which is known to be home to Sauvageaugloia ikomae and other species not seen in the central-northern Sea of Japan (Ministry of the Environment, 2001).

Environment / Habitat infromation A separate window opensData source

Tidal mud flats (km2)
Moba (seaweed bed) (km2) 2.8
Coral reef coverage (km2)
Natural coast (km) 61.3
Rate of natural coast (%) 65.1
Sand bank / submerged sand bank
Other habitats

Species information (*) A separate window opensData source

Criteria 1
Phoca largha (Larga Seal (Spotted Seal))
Phoca hispida (Ringed Seal)
Haliaeetus pelagicus (Steller's Sea-eagle)
Riparia riparia (Sand Martin)
Cottus kazika (Fourspine sculpin)
<Bivalva, Gastropoda>
Corbicula japonica
Criteria 2
Apus pacificus (Pacific Swift)[Br/Ne]
Monticola solitarius (Blue Rock-thrush)[Br/Ne]
Phalacrocorax capillatus (Japanese Cormorant)
Phalacrocorax capillatus (Japanese Cormorant)[Br/Ne]
Larus crassirostris (Black-tailed Gull)
Larus crassirostris (Black-tailed Gull)[Br/Ne]
Larus schistisagus (Slaty-backed Gull)
Larus schistisagus (Slaty-backed Gull)[Br/Ne]
Larus canus (Mew Gull )
Phalacrocorax carbo (Great Cormorant)[Br/Ne]
Egretta sacra (Pacific Reef-egret)[Br/Ne]
Sterna albifrons (Little Tern)
Sterna albifrons (Little Tern)[Br/Ne]
Charadrius dubius (Little Ringed Plover)[Br/Ne]
Riparia riparia (Sand Martin)[Br/Ne]
Larus hyperboreus (Glaucous Gull)
Charadrius alexandrinus (Kentish Plover)[Br/Ne]
Larus argentatus (European Herring Gull)
Puffinus griseus (Sooty Shearwater)
Falco peregrinus (Peregrine Falcon)[Br/Ne]
Pandion haliaetus (Osprey)[Br/Ne]
Larus glaucescens (Glaucous-winged Gull)
Branchiostegus japonicus (Horsehead tilefish)[Sp]
Hippoglossoides dubius (Flathead flounder)[Sp]
Engraulis japonicus (Japanese anchovy)[Sp]
Trichiurus japonicus (Largehead hairtail)[Sp]
Paralichthys olivaceus (Bastard halibut)[Sp]
Seriola quinqueradiata (Japanese amberjack)[Sp]
Trachurus japonicus (Japanese jack mackerel)[Sp]
Sardinops melanostictus (Japanese pilchard)[Sp]
Todarodes pacificus (Japanese flying squid)
Octopus vulgaris (Common octopus)
Loligo bleekeri (Spear squid)
Criteria 3
Podiceps cristatus (Great Crested Grebe)
Sterna albifrons (Little Tern)
Histrionicus histrionicus (Harlequin Duck)
Anguilla japonica (Japanese eel)
Cottus kazika (Fourspine sculpin)
Lethenteron japonicum (Japanese lamprey)
Leucopsarion petersii (Ice goby )
Cicindela sumatrensis niponensis[Ex]
Cicindela laetescripta[Ad]
Lycosa ishikariana[Ad]
Myrmeleon solers[Ad]
Criteria 7
Lethenteron japonicum (Japanese lamprey)
Luciogobius guttatus (Flat-headed goby)
<Bivalva, Gastropoda>
Truncatella pfeifferi
Corbicula japonica

* 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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