The autecology of the edible oyster Crassostrea cucullata Born, 1778: size related vertical distribution at Mkomani, Mombasa
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The littoral oyster Crassostrea cucullata occurs between 1.05-3.35 m above chart datum with the highest density occuring between 1.85-2.75m. Its distribution is size-related as demonstrated by computation of correlation coefficients (r) and regression equations. The shell lengths (i.e. maximum linear dimension) decreases in an upshore direction. The analysis show high r-values which are significant at P<0.001. The elevation and density related effects on the shell lengths of the oysters are discussed.