Baranof Island, Alaska
Site Description: Sitka
is on the west side of Baranof Island and faces Sitka Sound, a large
inlet off of the Pacific Ocean. The beaches in and around Sitka
are a typical mix of cobble and sand with some rock outcroppings.
There are also numerous tiny islands, just offshore from Sitka.
photos not taken at low tide
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.
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.
(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.)
 - Rare - very difficult to find, maybe only a couple found after repeated visits to the site
 - Uncommon - difficult to find, may not see on every trip but dedicated searching may turn up a few
 - Common - easy to find, should locate a number of them on any given day
 - Abundant - very easy to find, large numbers should be seen on every trip
Data is all intertidal unless noted.
to the nature of the data, this list will not be rated for frequency of
occurrence. It is also a very incomplete list.
Simomactra falcata (observed subtidally by diver)
Buccinum scalariforme (subtidal from fishermen)
Nucella canaliculata/lima (still trying to sort them out, probably both are there)
Olivella baetica (observed subtidally by diver)
Olivella biplicata (observed subtidally by diver)
This page last revised: 3-19-2019