EUNIS habitat classification 2017 > M - Marine benthic habitats > MA1 - Littoral rock > MA12 - Atlantic littoral rock > MA126 - Communities of Atlantic littoral rockpools > MA1263 - Fucoids and kelp in deep eulittoral rockpools

Fucoids and kelp in deep eulittoral rockpools

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code MA1263
Relation to Resolution 4 habitat type (used for designation of Emerald sites)

Description (English)

Deep or larger rockpools in the mid to lower eulittoral zone on exposed to moderately exposed shores characterised by the wrack Fucus serratus and the kelp Laminaria digitata and the red seaweed Corallina officinalis while encrusting coralline algae cover the rock surface. Other large brown seaweeds, including the kelp Laminaria saccharina and Halidrys siliquosa may also occur. A wide variety of filamentous and foliose seaweeds occur beneath the brown algal canopy. The species includes the red seaweeds Palmaria palmata, Chondrus crispus, Mastocarpus stellatus, Ceramium nodulosum and Dumontia contorta, but green seaweeds such as Enteromorpha intestinalis, Ulva lactuca and Cladophora rupestris can be present as well. Algal-free vertical and overhanging faces often support the sponge Halichondria panicea and anemones including Actinia equina and Urticina felina. Grazing molluscs including the limpet Patella vulgata, the top shell Gibbula cineraria and the winkle Littorina littorea are present on the rock surface while the mussel Mytilus edulis can be found in cracks and crevices. The whelk Nucella lapillus can be found preying on the mussels. Where boulders occur in these pools they provide a greater variety of micro-habitats which support a variety of fauna. Mobile crustaceans including the crabs Pagurus bernhardus and Carcinus maenas, brittlestars such as Ophiothrix fragilis and Amphipholis squamata, encrusting bryozoans and ascidians are typically found beneath and between boulders.
Situation: Rockpools throughout the eulittoral zone in bedrock on exposed and moderately exposed shores.
Temporal variation: The abundance of grazing molluscs can vary considerably both spatially and temporally, resulting in fluctuations in algal diversity and abundance.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Species mentioned in habitat description

Algae Chondrus crispus
Algae Cladophora rupestris
Algae Corallina officinalis
Algae Dumontia contorta
Algae Enteromorpha intestinalis
Algae Fucus serratus
Algae Halidrys siliquosa
Algae Laminaria digitata
Algae Laminaria saccharina
Algae Mastocarpus stellatus
Algae Palmaria palmata
Algae Ulva lactuca
Invertebrates Actinia equina
Invertebrates Amphipholis squamata
Invertebrates Carcinus maenas
Invertebrates Halichondria panicea
Invertebrates Littorina littorea
Invertebrates Mytilus edulis
Invertebrates Nucella lapillus
Invertebrates Ophiothrix fragilis
Invertebrates Pagurus bernhardus
Invertebrates Urticina felina
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Chondrus crispus Algae
Cladophora rupestris Algae
Corallina officinalis Algae
Dumontia contorta Algae
Enteromorpha intestinalis Algae
Fucus serratus Algae
Halidrys siliquosa Algae
Laminaria digitata Algae
Laminaria saccharina Algae
Mastocarpus stellatus Algae
Palmaria palmata Algae
Ulva lactuca Algae
Actinia equina Invertebrates
Amphipholis squamata Invertebrates
Carcinus maenas Invertebrates
Halichondria panicea Invertebrates
Littorina littorea Invertebrates
Mytilus edulis Invertebrates
Nucella lapillus Dog whelk Invertebrates
Ophiothrix fragilis Invertebrates
Pagurus bernhardus Invertebrates
Urticina felina Invertebrates

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 2007 (revised descriptions 2012) A1.412 Fucoids and kelp in deep eulittoral rockpools same
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type Comment
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 A1.412 Fucoids and kelp in deep eulittoral rockpools same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 A1.512 Fucoids and kelp in deep eulittoral rockpools same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 A1.512 Fucoids and kelps in deep eulittoral rockpools same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 A1.512 Fucoids and kelps in deep eulittoral rockpools same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 A1.52 Fucoids and kelps in deep eulittoral rockpools same
MNCR BioMar 97.06 (Britain & Ireland) LR.Rkp.FK Fucoids and kelps in deep eulittoral rockpools same
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