Whiffen Spit

Neaeromya rugifera

Alvania sp.
Epitonium indianorum
Eulithidium pulloides
Fissurellidea bimaculata
Lacuna vincta
Limneria prolongata
Lottia fenestrata
Lottia pelta
Marsenina stearnsi
Odostomia sp.
Velutina velutina

Cyanoplax dentiens
Lepidozona mertensii
Leptochiton rugatus
Mopalia hindsii
Mopalia kennerleyi
Mopalia lignosa
Mopalia swani
Mopalia vespertina

Sooke, BC

South End of Vancouver Island

Site Description:       

Sooke is west of Victoria on Vancouver Island.  Whiffen Spit is right at the city of Sooke.  The beaches lining the spit are the typical mix of sand, gravel, boulders and low rock outcroppings.  About seven miles west of Sooke is Muir Creek.  The creek drains into the Juan de Fuca Strait.  There is a long stretch of beach here with sand and gravel, boulders, and low stone outcroppings exposed at low tide.  

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Whiffen Spit

 Beach near Muir Creek

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, these lists will not be rated for frequency of occurrence.  They are incomplete lists.

   Muir Creek
Crassostrea gigas
Leukoma staminea
Penitella penita

Crepidula adunca
Lacuna vincta
Lirabuccinum dirum
Littorina scutulata
Littorina sitkana
Lottia digitalis
Lottia fenestrata
Lottia cf. paradigitalis
Lottia pelta

Lottia persona
Lottia scutum

Nucella ostrina
Paciocinebrina interfossa

Mopalia muscosa

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