EUNIS habitat classification 2012 > E - Grasslands and lands dominated by forbs, mosses or lichens > E4 - Alpine and subalpine grasslands > E4.2 - Moss and lichen dominated mountain summits, ridges and exposed slopes

Moss and lichen dominated mountain summits, ridges and exposed slopes

English name: Moss and lichen dominated mountain summits, ridges and exposed slopes

Description (English)

Includes fjell fields in which mosses and lichens are dominant, often with low cover of Carex bigelowii. Fjell fields are best developed in boreal and arctic mountains and in subarctic lowlands.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code E4.2

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Name Definition Other names Reference
Cladonio-Viscarion alpinae Daniëls 1982 Moderately chionophilous graminoid-lichen xerophilopus vegetation on thickniveo-aeolian soils on south-facing slopes in low Arctic regions of Scandinavia and Greenland Schaminee et al, 2012
Carici-Juncion trifidi Nordhagen 1943 Arctic and boreo-arctic rush swards on siliceous substrates of Scandinavia, Svalbard and Iceland Schaminee et al, 2012

Species mentioned in habitat description


List

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
CORINE Land Cover 3.3.3. Sparsely vegetated areas n/a
Phase 1 habitat classification (UK) 1993 D3 Lichen/bryophyte heath wider
Biodiversity Broad Habitat Classification (UK) 15 Montane habitats wider
Milieux Naturels de Suisse 1998 5.4.6 Lande alpine ventée overlap
Biotopes of Slovakia 1996 9311100 Alpínske spolocenstvá exponovaných a nechránených svahov n/a
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 E4.2 Moss and lichen dominated mountain summits, ridges and exposed slopes same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 E4.2 Moss and lichen dominated mountain summits, ridges and exposed slopes same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 E4.2 Moss and lichen dominated mountain summits, ridges and exposed slopes same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 E4.2 Moss and lichen dominated mountain summits, ridges and exposed slopes same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 E5.3 Moss and lichen dominated mountain summits, ridges and exposed slopes same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 199905 36.322 Oroboreal Carex bigelowii-Rhacomitrium moss-heaths not defined
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1997 36.322 Oroboreal Carex bigelowii-Rhacomitrium moss-heaths not defined
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