Port Phillip Bay amphipods

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Subject: Port Phillip Bay amphipods
From: "Wim Vader" <>
Date: Wed, 9 Jan 2008 09:24:59 +0100

Port Phillip Bay is certainly a very rich and diverse environment for marione 
animals, also amphipods, and a lot of new species have been described from 
there. As amphipods do not have pelagic larvae---the young develop in the brood 
pouch or marsupium and hatch as miniature copies of the adult-- they often have 
somewhat restricted distributions. Nevertheless, a figure of 90% endemism for 
Port Phillip Bay is without much doubt vastly exaggerated. The amphipod fauna 
of the bay is better known than that of other areas in the Bass Strait and 
S.Australia in general, and the level of endemism will no doubt decrease as the 
other areas are becoming better known.

Still only five bird species on my 2008 list, six if you count the feral 
pigeons. These are three crows (Noprthern Raven, Hooded Crow and Magpie) and 
two gulls (Great Black-backed and Herring). Amazing! But tomorrow I fly to 
Holland for a long weekend, and there the list will grow quickly enough, even 
though this is a family, not a birding, visit.

Vader, Tromsø Museum
Tromsø, Norway

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