Nootka Island to Cape Scott

Vancouver Island, BC

Site Description:       

Nootka Island is along the west coast of Vancouver Island facing the Pacific Ocean.  Cape Scott Provincial Park is at the far northwest corner of Vancouver Island.  The area between them is mostly rocky coastline with some scattered sandy beach areas.  This coastline contains several sounds and inlets which bring stretches of salt water habitat well into the interior of the island.  Within these bodies of water and also along the outer stretch of coastline are many small islands.  Our information includes both intertidal beaches and subtidal data from various scientific surveys throughout this area.  

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Species List:

     Following is a list of mollusk species observed at this location by members and associates of the club.  This is by no means a complete list of the species which may occur at this site.  Revisions and additions to the data are made as we acquire new information.   When a site contains more than one very distinctive type of habitat or if multiple sites were included in a single location, then a species list for each is included.
    We indicate frequency of occurrence based on our observations.  This is an indicator of how likely it is that you may be able to find this species yourself and is not a formal population survey.  

     Frequency Code:  (Based on the assumption that you are looking in the appropriate location where the species
                                          likes to live - on rocks, in sand, etc.  
Some populations fluctuate seasonally.  Ours are based
                                          on the spring/summer seasons.
     [4] - Rare - very difficult to find, maybe only a couple found after repeated visits to the site
     [3] - Uncommon - difficult to find, may not see on every trip but dedicated searching may turn up a few
     [2] - Common - easy to find, should locate a number of them on any given day
     [1] - Abundant - very easy to find, large numbers should be seen on every trip

Due to the nature of the data, this list will not be rated for frequency of occurrence.  It is also an incomplete list which has been derived from museum data.  
Acila castrensis
Acharax johnsoni
Ascetoaxinus quatsinoensis
Callithaca tenerrima
Cardiomya pectinata
Chlamys hastata
Chlamys rubida
Ciliatocardium ciliatum
Clinocardium nuttallii
Compsomyax subdiaphana
Crassadoma gigantea
Cyclocardia crassidens
Cyclocardia ventricosa
Diplodonta impolita
Glycymeris septentrionalis
Hiatella arctica
Humilaria kennerleyi
Keenaea centifilosa
Keenocardium blandum
Kellia suborbicularis
Leukoma staminea
Limatula saturna  

Limatula vancouverensis  
Lucinoma annulata
Macoma brota
Macoma calcarea
Macoma carlottensis
Macoma elimata
Macoma nasuta
Megayoldia thraciaeformis
Miodontiscus prolongatus
Musculus taylori
Nucula carlottensis
Nuculana cellulita
Nuculana hamata
Nutricola lordi
Nutricola tantilla
Ostrea lurida
Pandora bilirata
Pandora punctata
Pandora wardiana
Panomya norvegica
Panopea generosa
Paphia restorationensis
Parvilucina tenuisculpta
Penitella conradi
Pododesmus macrochisma
Rhamphidonta retifera
Tellina carpenteri
Tellina bodegensis
Tellina nuculoides
Thyasira flexuosa
Yoldia seminuda
Xylophaga washingtona

Acmaea mitra
Amphissa columbiana
Astyris aurantiaca
Bathybembix bairdii
Boreotrophon multicostatus
Caecum crebricinctum
Calliostoma annulatum
Calliostoma canaliculatum
Calliostoma ligatum
Calliostoma variegatum
Calyptraea fastigiata
Ceratostoma foliatum
Cidarina cidaris
Cranopsis cucullata
Crepipatella lingulata
Cryptonatica affinis
Cryptonatica aleutica
Cystiscus politus
Diodora aspera
Epitonium indianorum
Eulithidium pulloides
Euspira pallida
Fusinus harfordii
Granulina margaritula
Graphis shepardiana
Hipponix panamensis
Latisipho hallii
Lirabuccinum dirum
Littorina scutulata
Littorina sitkana
Lottia digitalis
Lottia pelta
Neostylidium eschrichtii
Neptunea lyrata
Neverita lewisii
Nipponotrophon stuarti
Nucella lamellosa
Ocinebrina interfossa
Ocinebrina lurida
Olivella baetica
Pomaulax gibberosus
Scabrotrophon maltzani
Solariella peramabilis
Tegula pulligo
Trichotropis cancellata
Velutina velutina

Acteocina cerealis
Acteocina culcitella
Aegires albopunctatus
Armina californica
Cylichna alba
Diaulula odonoghuei
Doris odhneri
Janolus gelidus
Haminoea vesicula
Limacia cockerelli
Onchidoris bilamellata
Placida dendritica
Tritonia festiva
Tritonia tetraquetra

Onchidella borealis

Cryptochiton stelleri
Cyanoplax dentiens
Dendrochiton flectens
Katharina tunicata
Lepidozona interstincta
Lepidozona mertensii
Lepidozona retiporosa
Mopalia ferreirai
Mopalia hindsii
Mopalia kennerleyi
Mopalia lignosa
Mopalia muscosa
Mopalia phorminx
Placiphorella pacifica
Placiphorella velata
Tonicella insignis
Tonicella lineata
Tonicella undocaerulea

Abraliopsis felis
Berryteuthis magister
Benthoctopus leioderma
Chiroteuthis calyx
Doryteuthis opalescens
Dosidicus gigas
Gonatus onyx
Gonatus pyros
Graneledone boreopacifica
Histioteuthis hoylei
Octopus rubescens
Rossia pacifica

Antalis pretiosa
Cadulus tolmiei


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This page last revised: 3-19-2019