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Brackish coastal lagoons

English name: Brackish coastal lagoons

Description (English)

Lagoons are expanses of shallow coastal salt water, of varying salinity and water volume, wholly or partially separated from the sea by sand banks or shingle, or, less frequently, by rocks. Fully saline coastal lagoons are classified as X02.
Flads and gloes, considered a Baltic variety of lagoons, are small, usually shallow, more or less delimited water bodies still connected to the sea or cut off from the sea very recently by land upheaval. Characterised by well-developed reedbeds and luxuriant submerged vegetation and having several morphological and botanical development stages in the process whereby sea becomes land.
Mediterranean lagoons may host the Ruppietum community with halophytic vegetation, while at sites with a fresh water supply, plant communities of Juncetum and Phragmitetum can develop. Sarcocornia perennis and Arthrocnemum macrostachyum may occur here.

Source:
EUNIS habitat classification
Interpretation Manual of the habitats targeted by Resolution No. 4

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code X03
Bern Convention Resolution 4 habitat type (used for designation of Emerald sites)
Relation to Annex I habitat types (EU Habitats Directive)

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Species mentioned in habitat description


List

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
CORINE Land Cover 5.2.1. Coastal lagoons n/a
CORINE Land Cover 5.1.2. Water bodies n/a
HELCOM Baltic Sea Marine and Coastal Biotopes 1998 04.01.03 Coastal lakes: glo-lakes narrower
Ramsar Wetland Types J Coastal brackish/saline lagoons wider
Phase 1 habitat classification (UK) 1993 G16 Standing water: brackish narrower
Phase 1 habitat classification (UK) 1993 G1 Standing water not defined
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 X03 Brackish coastal lagoons same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 X26 Baltic glo-lakes narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 X03 Brackish coastal lagoons narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 X26 Baltic glo-lakes narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 X03 Brackish coastal lagoons same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 X26 Baltic glo-lakes narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 X03 Brackish coastal lagoons same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 X03 Brackish coastal lagoons same
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