Makah Bay

Clallam Co., WA

Site Description:       

Makah Bay is at the far northwest corner of the Olympic Peninsula.  It faces west and opens into the Pacific Ocean.  The beach is sand and gravel with some large rock outcroppings.  Makah Bay is on the Makah Indian Reservation and collecting is not allowed.

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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

Data is all intertidal unless noted.

Due to the nature of the data, this list will not be rated for frequency of occurrence.  It is also an incomplete list for common species. 

Adula californiensis
Glans carpenteri
Hiatella arctica
Kellia suborbicularis
Leukoma staminea  
Macoma expansa
Mytilus trossulus
Petricola carditoides
Siliqua patula
Tellina bodegensis
Tellina nuculoides
Zirfaea pilsbryi
Acmaea mitra
Amphissa columbiana
Brachystomia angularis
Calliostoma ligatum
Crepidula nummaria
Epitonium indianorum
Hipponix panamensis
Homalopoma luridum
Lacuna vincta
Lirularia succincta
Littorina scutulata
Littorina sitkana
Lottia pelta
Lottia instabilis
Margarites pupillus
Nucella ostrina
Paciocinebrina atropurpurea
Paciocinebrina lurida
Puncturella multistriata
Olivella biplicata
Opalia wroblewskyi
Tegula funebralis
Tegula pulligo
Cryptochiton stelleri
Lepidozona cooperi
Lepidozona radians  
Mopalia hindsii  
Mopalia lignosa 
Mopalia spectabilis
Placiphorella velata 
Tonicella lineata  

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This page last revised: 5-25-2019