The distribution of the strandline fauna of sandy beaches on the east coast of Tasmania
A. M. M. Richardson, C. J. Shepherd, R. Swain, 1999. "The distribution of the strandline fauna of sandy beaches on the east coast of Tasmania", The Other 99%: The Conservation and Biodiversity of Invertebrates, Winston Ponder, Daniel Lunney
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The strandline fauna of 120 beach sites o n Tasmania’s east coast was surveyed using five pitfall traps in each of three bands overnight . Of the 106 taxa collected, the most widespread and abundant species were sandhoppers and scyphacid isopods, but springtails and geophilomorph centipedes were locally abundant. Crustaceans became less abundant upshore, while non-crustaceans became less abundant downshore; however, one sandhopper became more abundant upshore, and the abundance of another sandhopper and several ants did not differ across the bands. Species richness varied between 7 an d 32 specie s at a beach. Species richness was weakly associated with complexity of the coastline.