EUNIS habitat classification 2017 > M - Marine benthic habitats > MA3 - Littoral coarse sediment > MA32 - Atlantic littoral coarse sediment > MA322 - Faunal communities on variable salinity Atlantic littoral coarse sediment

Faunal communities on variable salinity Atlantic littoral coarse sediment

Description (English)

Shores of coarse sediments (shingle, gravels and coarse sand) in the upper reaches of estuaries and other inlets (e.g. sealochs) which are subject to variable and reduced salinity conditions. The outflow of riverine freshwater at the heads of the inlets results in the washing out of fine particulate matter, leaving coarse sediments. These are typically species-poor and characterised by oligochaete worms (cf. A2.222).

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code MA322
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

Not available

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 2007 (revised descriptions 2012) A2.12 Estuarine coarse sediment shores narrower
European Red List of Habitats NEAA2.12 Estuarine Atlantic littoral coarse sediment same
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type Comment
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 A2.12 Estuarine coarse sediment shores same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 A2.12 Estuarine coarse sediment shores same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 A2.12 Estuarine coarse sediment shores same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 A2.12 Estuarine coarse sediment shores same
MNCR BioMar 97.06 (Britain & Ireland) LGS.Est Estuarine coarse sediment shores same
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