Abstract

The Emily Bay archaeological molluscan fauna as an ensemble is almost entirely intertidal in its natural occurrence, with seven species preferring sand or mud substrates and 13 species preferring hard substrates. The only exceptions are the pelagic cephalopods Nautilus and Spirula. The gastropod species Nerita atramentosa is dominant in both numbers and by weight. The rocky intertidal platform was the focus of mollusc collecting. The four most common species derive from this zone and habitually cluster in colonies, which would have made them a preferred prey. Among the many factors that may have contributed to eventual abandonment of Norfolk Island, a scarcity of easily harvestable coastal marine resources would probably have been significant.

 
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Short Form
Campbell and Schmidt, 2001, Rec. Aust. Mus., Suppl. 27: 109–114
Author
Colin R. Campbell; Lyn Schmidt
Year
2001
Title
Molluscs and echinoderms from the Emily Bay settlement site, Norfolk Island
Serial Title
Records of the Australian Museum, Supplement
Volume
27
Start Page
109
End Page
114
DOI
10.3853/j.0812-7387.27.2001.1345
Language
English
Date Published
28 November 2001
Cover Date
28 November 2001
ISBN
ISBN 0-7347-2305-9
ISSN
0812-7387
CODEN
RAMSEZ
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Subjects
ECHINODERMATA; MOLLUSCA; NORFOLK ISLAND
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28 November 2001
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28 November 2001
Reference Number
1345
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