EUNIS habitat classification 2017 > M - Marine benthic habitats > MA3 - Littoral coarse sediment > MA35 - Mediterranean littoral coarse sediment > MA353 - Communities of estuarine Mediterranean mediolittoral coarse sediment

Communities of estuarine Mediterranean mediolittoral coarse sediment

Description (English)

Mediterranean shores of coarse sediments (shingle, gravels and coarse sand) in the upper reaches of estuaries and otherinlets 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. This habitat typically covers a comparatively small area and exhibits a great variability of physical and chemical parameters. It is usually a species-poor habitat and the fauna is characterised by oligochaete worms.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code MA353
Relation to Resolution 4 habitat type (used for designation of Emerald sites)

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

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Species mentioned in habitat description

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Other classifications

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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