Zonation and habitat selection on a reclaimed coastal foredune

  • P.J. Masson
  • A Mclachlan


Geomorphic / floristic variables are useful as general habitat indicators on coastal foredunes. Variables used in this study were vegetation cover, plant community structure and sand movement. Three distinct zones, four habitats and six subhabitats were identified. Zonation and habitat selection appeared to be related to cover for two small mammal species. The arthropod orders were less susceptible to zonation and strict habitat selection, although some of the species showed selection. The normally unfavourable edaphic habitat, the transition dune, was the most populated, dominated by the marine isopods.

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