EUNIS habitat classification 2012 amended 2019 > A - Marine habitats > A5 - Sublittoral sediment > A5.4 - Sublittoral mixed sediments > A5.43 - Infralittoral mixed sediments > A5.433 - Venerupis senegalensis, Amphipholis squamata and Apseudes latreilli in infralittoral mixed sediment

Venerupis senegalensis, Amphipholis squamata and Apseudes latreilli in infralittoral mixed sediment

English name: Venerupis senegalensis, Amphipholis squamata and Apseudes latreilli in infralittoral mixed sediment

Description (English)

Sheltered muddy sandy gravel and pebbles in marine inlets, estuaries or embayments with variable salinity or fully marine conditions, support large populations of the pullet carpet shell Venerupis senegalensis with the brittlestar Amphipholis squamata and the tanaid Apseudes latreilli. This biotope may be found at a range of depths from 5m to 30m although populations of V. senegalensis may also be found on the low shore. Other common species within this biotope include the gastropod Calyptraea chinensis, a range of amphipod crustacea such as Corophium sextonae and Maera grossimana and polychaetes such as Mediomastus fragilis, Melinna palmata, Aphelochaeta marioni, Syllids and tubificid oligochaetes. Many of the available records for this biotope are from southern inlets and estuaries such as Plymouth Sound and Milford Haven but V. senegalensis has a much wider distribution and it should be noted that northern versions of this biotope may a have a much lower species diversity than reported here.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code A5.433
Bern Convention Included in a Resolution 4 habitat type at a higher level (A5)

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Species mentioned in habitat description

Invertebrates Amphipholis squamata
Invertebrates Aphelochaeta marioni
Invertebrates Calyptraea chinensis
Invertebrates Corophium sextonae
Invertebrates Maera grossimana
Invertebrates Mediomastus fragilis
Invertebrates Melinna palmata
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Amphipholis squamata Invertebrates
Aphelochaeta marioni Invertebrates
Calyptraea chinensis Invertebrates
Corophium sextonae Invertebrates
Maera grossimana Invertebrates
Mediomastus fragilis Invertebrates
Melinna palmata Invertebrates

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
Marine Habitat Classification Britain/Ireland 0405 SS.SMx.IMx.VsenAsquAps <I>Venerupis senegalensis</I>, <I>Amphipholis squamata</I> and <I>Apseudes latreilli</I> in infralittoral mixed sediment source
CORINE Land Cover 5.2.3. Sea and ocean n/a
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 A5.433 Venerupis senegalensis, Amphipholis squamata and Apseudes latreilli in infralittoral mixed sediment same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 A4.421 Venerupis senegalensis, Amphipholis squamata and Apseudes latreilli in infralittoral mixed sediment same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 A4.421 Venerupis senegalensis and Mya truncata in lower shore or shallow-water muddy gravel same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 A4.441 Venerupis senegalensis and Mya truncata in lower shore or shallow-water muddy gravel same
MNCR BioMar 97.06 (Britain & Ireland) IMX.FaMX.VsenMtru Venerupis senegalensis and Mya truncata in lower shore or infralittoral muddy gravel same
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