Port Hardy to Port McNeill 

Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Site Description:       

This site covers the northerneastern tip of Vancouver Island.  Port Hardy is on the northeast corner of the island and faces the Queen Charlotte Strait.  Port McNeill is just south of Port Hardy.
The beaches along this stretch are somewhat rocky with a mix of small boulders and sand.  Some section are  all rock with large boulders.

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                                         Tsulquate Beach, Port Hardy

                                        Suquash Beach, Port Hardy

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.
Some subtidal data is included from islands just off Port McNeill. (S)

Chlamys hastata  (S)
Clinocardium nuttallii  [2]
Crassodoma gigantea  [4]
Crassostrea gigas  [4]
Entodesma navicula  [4]
Hiatella arctica  [3]
Humilaria kennerleyi  [4]
Leukoma staminea  [1]
Macoma inquinata  [2]
Macoma nasuta [3]
Macoma secta  [4]
Modiolus modiolus  [4]
Musculus taylori
Mya arenaria [4]
Mya truncata  [4]
Mytilus trossulus  [1]

Nutricola tantilla  [4]
Nuttallia obscurata  [4]
Penitella penita  [4]
Pododesmus macrochisma [3] (S)
Saxidomus gigantea  [1]
Tresus capax  [2]
Venerupis philippinarum  [3]
Acmaea mitra  [3]
Alia carinata  [1]
Alvania sp.  [4]
Amphissa columbiana  [3] (S)
Boreotrophon vancouverensis  [4]
Calliostoma ligatum  [4]
Calyptraea fastigiata  [2]
Ceratostoma foliatum  [3]
Cerithiopsis sp.  [4]
Cidarina cidaris  [4] (S)
Crepidula adunca  [3]
Crepidula nummaria  [4]
Crepipatella lingulata  [4]
Cryptobranchia concentrica  [4]
Diodora aspera  [3]
Granulina margaritula  [4]
Homalopoma luridum  [4]
Lacuna porrecta  [4]
Lacuna vincta  [2]
Limneria prolongata  [4]   
Lirabuccinum dirum  [3]
Lirularia lirulata  [4]
Littorina scutulata  [1]
Littorina sitkana  [2]
Lottia asmi  [4]
Lottia digitalis  [3]
Lottia fenestrata  [4]
Lottia paradigitalis  [3]  (ID needs to be confirmed)
Lottia pelta  [2]
Lottia persona  [2]
Lottia aff. rosacea  [4]
Lottia scutum  [1]
Margarites helicinus  [4]
Margarites pupillus  [3]
Marsenina stearnsi  [4]
Marsenina zadei  (S)
Neostylidium eschrichtii  [2]
Neverita lewisii  [3]
Nucella canaliculata  [3] (S)
Nucella lamellosa  [1]
Nucella ostrina  [3]
Paciocinebrina interfossa  [3]
Paciocinebrina lurida  [4]
Puncturella cucullata  (S)
Odostomia sp.  [4]  2 different species
Oenopota pyramidalis  [4]
Olivella baetica  [4]
Pomaulax gibberosa  [4]
Scabrotrophon maltzani  [4]
Tegula funebralis  [3]
Trichotropis cancellata  (S)

Aeolidia loui  [4]
Cadlina cf modesta  [4]
Catriona columbiana  (S)
Cuthonella punicea  (S)
Diaulula odonoghuei  [4]
Doris montereyensis  [4]
Hermissenda crassicornis  [3] (S)
Limacea cockerelli  (S)
Pacifia amica  (S)
Tochuina gigantea  [4]  (subtidal)
Triopha catalinae  [4]

Triopha maculata  [4]  (only found during very warm years)
Onchidella borealis  [4]

Cryptochiton stelleri  [4]
Cyanoplax dentiens  [3]
Dendrochiton flectens  [4]
Katharina tunicata  [1]
pidozona mertensii  [4]
Lepidozona radians  [4]
Mopalia cirrata  [4]
Mopalia ferreirai  [4]  (subtidal)
Mopalia kennerleyi  [4] (S)
Mopalia lignosa  [2]
Mopalia muscosa  [3]  

Mopalia sinuata  [4]
Mopalia spectabilis  [4]
Mopalia swanii  [4] (S)
Schizoplax brandtii  [4]
Tonicella insignis  [4] (S)
Tonicella lineata [4] (S)

Dosidicus gigas  [4] (washed ashore)
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This page last revised: 9-21-2022