Hediste diversicolor and Corophium volutator in littoral gravelly sandy mud

Description (English)

Extremely sheltered gravelly sandy mud, subject to variable or reduced salinity. The infaunal community consists of the ragworm Hediste diversicolor, Streblospio shrubsolii, Capitella capitata and Manayunkia aestuarina. Oligochaetes and Corophium volutator are abundant. Given the low sample numbers for this biotope, more records are needed to confirm the characterising species list.
Situation: It is probable that there are broad transition areas between this biotope and the corresponding muddy sediment biotope MA6-2272. The boundaries may be very indistinct, with this unit present in patches of gravelly mud on areas of mudflat, where the main biotope is MA6-2272.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code MA42325
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 Capitella capitata
Invertebrates Corophium volutator
Invertebrates Manayunkia aestuarina
Invertebrates Streblospio shrubsolii
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Capitella capitata Invertebrates
Corophium volutator Invertebrates
Manayunkia aestuarina Invertebrates
Streblospio shrubsolii Invertebrates

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 2007 (revised descriptions 2012) A2.4115 Hediste diversicolor and Corophium volutator in littoral gravelly sandy mud same
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type Comment
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 A2.4115 Hediste diversicolor and Corophium volutator in littoral gravelly sandy mud same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 A2.418 Hediste diversicolor and oligochaetes in reduced salinity muddy gravel shores same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 A2.418 Hediste diversicolor and oligochaetes in reduced salinity muddy gravel shores overlap
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