Association with Fucus virsoides

Description (English)

The characteristic species of this association is the brown alga Fucus virsoides. The association, when it is present, occupies the entire mediolittoral, related to the presence of the significant tides and the relatively cool, unsalty, eutrophic water that are peculiar to these coasts. According to Giaccone (1991), this is probably a Parathetis relict. The association is basically formed by the Fucus virsoides, Gelidium spathulatum, G. pulvinatum and Phormidium flexuosum. There are also Bangia spp. and Rivularia polyotis. Patella pellucida, Mytilus galloprovincialis, Actinia equina and Balanus spp. are among the animal species found. This is really more like an infralittoral enclave, finding a favourable biotope under the Fucus fronds.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code MA1548
Relation to Resolution 4 habitat type (used for designation of Emerald sites)

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Species mentioned in habitat description

Algae Fucus virsoides
Algae Gelidium spathulatum
Invertebrates Actinia equina
Invertebrates Mytilus galloprovincialis
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Fucus virsoides Algae
Gelidium spathulatum Algae
Actinia equina Invertebrates
Mytilus galloprovincialis Invertebrates

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 2007 (revised descriptions 2012) A1.316 Association with Fucus virsoides same
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type Comment
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 A1.316 Association with Fucus virsoides same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 A1.317 Association with Fucus virsoides same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 A1.317 Association with Fucus virsoides same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 A1.317 Association with Fucus virsoides same
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