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DOG WHELK BACK AFTER 30 YEARS

28/11/2012


Dog whelk back after 30 years

Dog whelks (Hans De Blauwe)

In the past, the dog whelk Nucella lapillus (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Muricidae) used to be a common species on jetties and groynes along the Belgian coast. During the seventies, the species became increasingly rare and the last Belgian specimen observed in situ was found in 1981. On November 17th, 2012, several living adult dog whelks and 40 to 50 spawns of that species were observed on the concrete blocks of the western jetty of Zeebrugge harbour, indicating recolonization of the species in Belgium at least in one locality.

In: De Blauwe, H.; d'Udekem d'Acoz, C. (2012). Voortplantende populatie van de Purperslak (Nucella lapillus) in België na meer dan 30 jaar afwezigheid (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Muricidae) De Strandvlo 32(4): 127-131