EUNIS habitat classification 2017 > M - Marine benthic habitats > MA2 - Littoral biogenic habitat > MA25 - Mediterranean littoral biogenic habitat > MA256 - Assemblages of the mediolittoral detritus biocenosis caracterised by temporal biogenic substrates

Assemblages of the mediolittoral detritus biocenosis caracterised by temporal biogenic substrates

Description (English)

These biocenoses consist mainly of detritus-feeding species which draw their nourishment from decaying vegetation and miscellaneous debris caught up in the shingle. It is characterised by two crustaceans, the amphipod Echinogammarus olivii and the isopod Sphaeroma serratum. These communities are exposed to alternating water submersion and emersion because of variations in the water level, and they are frequently moistened by wavelets.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code MA256
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

Invertebrates Echinogammarus olivii
Invertebrates Sphaeroma serratum
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Echinogammarus olivii Invertebrates
Sphaeroma serratum Invertebrates

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 2007 (revised descriptions 2012) A2.13 Mediterranean communities of mediolittoral coarse detritic bottoms same
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type Comment
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 A2.13 Mediterranean communities of mediolittoral coarse detritic bottoms same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 A2.13 Mediterranean communities of the mediolittoral coarse detritic bottoms same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 A2.13 Communities of the mediolittoral coarse detritic bottoms same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 A2.13 Biocenosis of the mediolittoral coarse detritic bottoms same
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