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EUNIS habitat classification 2012 > C - Inland surface waters

Inland surface waters

English name: Inland surface waters

Description (English)

Inland surface waters are non-coastal above-ground open fresh or brackish waterbodies (e.g. rivers, streams, lakes and pools, springs), including their littoral zones. Includes constructed inland freshwater, brackish or saline waterbodies (such as canals, ponds, etc) which support a semi-natural community of both plants and animals; seasonal waterbodies which may dry out for part of the year (temporary or intermittent rivers and lakes and their littoral zones). Freshwater littoral zones include those parts of banks or shores that are sufficiently frequently inundated to prevent the formation of closed terrestrial vegetation. Excludes permanent snow and ice. Note that habitats that intimately combine waterlogged mires and vegetation rafts with pools of open water are considered as complexes.

Quick facts

  • EUNIS habitat type (code C)

Vegetation types

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Other classifications

Relationships with other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 200112 2 Non-marine waters narrower
Phase 1 habitat classification (UK) 1993 G Open water overlap
Milieux Naturels de Suisse 1998 1 Eaux libres same
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 C Inland surface waters same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 C Inland surface water habitats same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 C Inland surface water habitats same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 C Inland surface water habitats same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 C Inland surface water habitats same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199712 C Freshwater aquatic habitats same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 199905 2 Non-marine waters narrower
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1997 2 Non-marine waters narrower
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1996 2   narrower
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1993 2   narrower
CORINE Biotopes Classification 1991 2   narrower
CORINE Biotopes Classification 1989 2   narrower
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