Lava tubes

Description (English)

Caves formed in lava flows by open-ended tubes or passages resulting from the cooling of the surface whose molten interior continued to flow. Near the coast, they may contain salt water not connected to the sea and be colonized by specialized (anchihaline) communities.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code U117

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Species mentioned in habitat description

Not available

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 2007 (revised descriptions 2012) H1.4 Lava tubes same
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types
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