EUNIS habitat classification 2012 amended 2019 > A - Marine habitats > A2 - Littoral sediment > A2.2 - Littoral sand and muddy sand > A2.21 - Strandline > A2.212 - Mytilus edulis and Fabricia sabella in littoral mixed sediment

Mytilus edulis and Fabricia sabella in littoral mixed sediment

English name: Mytilus edulis and Fabricia sabella in littoral mixed sediment

Description (English)

Pebbles, gravel, sand and shell debris with mud in sheltered Firths with a strandline of fucoid algae. The fauna is characterised by juvenile mussels Mytilus edulis, often in very high numbers. The nemertean worm Lineus spp. may be abundant and oligochaetes are common. Polychaetes such as Pygospio elegans, Scoloplos armiger and Fabricia sabella may be present in high densities. Fabricia sabella is typically found amongst algal holdfasts and between cobbles on rocky shores. The bivalves Macoma balthica and Cerastoderma edule, typical of muddy sediments, characterise the community. The validity of this biotope is uncertain, as the only available data, from the Dornoch Firth and the Moray Firth, are poor. Its position within the classification, as a strandline community, is also very uncertain, but there is not enough information available for a better description or classification at this stage.
Situation: Occurs on sheltered shores of the Dornoch Firth and Moray Firth.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code A2.212
Bern Convention Included in a Resolution 4 habitat type at a higher level (A2.2)

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Species mentioned in habitat description

Invertebrates Cerastoderma edule
Invertebrates Fabricia sabella
Invertebrates Macoma balthica
Invertebrates Mytilus edulis
Invertebrates Pygospio elegans
Invertebrates Scoloplos armiger
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Cerastoderma edule Invertebrates
Fabricia sabella Invertebrates
Macoma balthica Invertebrates
Mytilus edulis Invertebrates
Pygospio elegans Invertebrates
Scoloplos armiger Invertebrates

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
Marine Habitat Classification Britain/Ireland 0405 LS.LSA.St.MytFab <I>Mytilus edulis</I> and <I>Fabricia sabella</I> in littoral mixed sediment source
CORINE Land Cover 4.2.3. Intertidal flats n/a
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 A2.212 Mytilus edulis and Fabricia sabella in littoral mixed sediment same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 A2.411 Mytilus edulis and Fabricia sabella in littoral mixed sediment same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 A2.411 Mytilus edulis and Fabricia sabella in poorly-sorted muddy sand or muddy gravel shores same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 A2.411 Mytilus edulis and Fabricia sabella in poorly-sorted muddy sand or muddy gravel shores same
MNCR BioMar 97.06 (Britain & Ireland) LMX.MytFab Mytilus edulis and Fabricia sabella in poorly-sorted muddy sand or muddy gravel shores same
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