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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

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Within the past decade there have been several studies on the biological structure of oyster reefs. These studies, however, gave few insights into the dynamics of oyster communities. The extensive studies of Hedgpeth (1953) , Gunter (1955), and Parker (1955, 1969) in Texas and Korringa (1951) in Holland were largely concerned with sessile forms, and the highly motile fishes went almost unnoticed. While these studies clearly emphasized imrmotile organisms, the present study leans in the opposite direction.

This study started from casual observations of oyster fishes, and progressed to comparisons of mortality of oysters with activity of other members in the community.

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Unpublished manuscript from the H.D. Hoese collection. Observations and studies from the Eastern Shore Laboratory in Wachapreague and region.