The Saemangeum Reclamation Project in South Korea threatens to Extinguish an unique mollusk, ectosymbiotic bivalve species attached to the shell of Lingula anatina

Jae Sang Hong, Hiroyoshi Yamashita, Shin'ichi Sato

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    Abstract

    A huge reclamation project is rapidly progressing in the Saemangeum area, on the western coast of South Korea. The total length of the reclamation dikes is 33 km, with a reclamation area of 401 km2. All dikes were finally completed in April 2006, and the tidal flats in this area have gradually dried out. In our present study, a crisis facing the unique molluscan fauna in this area, especially an unique bivalve species attached to the shell of Lingula anatina, is reported, and we claim that this constitutes an emergency for the conservation of the Saemangeum tidal flat.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)70-75
    Number of pages6
    JournalPlankton and Benthos Research
    Volume2
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2007

    Keywords

    • Bivalve
    • Korea
    • Lingula
    • Montacutidae gen. et sp.
    • Saemangeum Reclamation Project
    • Symbiosis

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Oceanography
    • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
    • Aquatic Science
    • Ecology

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