Biodiversity Science ›› 2011, Vol. 19 ›› Issue (6): 723-728.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1003.2011.06129
Marine Biodiversity Studies in China Seas
• Special Issue •
Yi Liu1, Mao Wang2*, Wenqing Wang1, 2, Changyi Lu1
The family Ellobiidae is a special group of primitive pulmonate molluscs that live in tropical and subtropical areas, mainly in high tidal and supratidal zones of coastal areas. Ellobiids occur widely and abundantly in mangrove areas. Of the 240 species known globally, over half of them have been recorded in mangrove habitats. In this paper, we summarize species of halophilic ellobiids in China and the relationship between ellobiids and mangroves. We discuss the achievements of mangrove ellobiids studies in the fields of species composition, distribution, ecological function and behavior. We also report a complete list of the ellobiid species from mangroves and their distribution within mainland China, including 21 newly recorded species. It is implied that this group is very sensitive to environmental changes and human disturbances, therefore it can be used as a bio-indicator for sea dike construction, which is an important proposed research topic in future.
Yi Liu, Mao Wang, Wenqing Wang, Changyi Lu. Ellobiid molluscs of Chinese mangrove habitats. (2011) Biodiv Sci, 19(6), 723-728.
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