EUNIS habitat classification 2017 > M - Marine benthic habitats > MA5 - Littoral sand > MA55 - Mediterranean littoral sand > MA552 - Biocenosis of Mediterranean mediolittoral sands

Biocenosis of Mediterranean mediolittoral sands

Description (English)

Mediolittoral sands are characterised by the annelids Ophelia radiata and Scolelepis squamata, the isopod crustacean Eurydice affinis and the pelecypod mollusc Donacilla cornea. Coarse sands encourage the settlement of Ophelia radiata, and fine sands that of Scolelepis squamata, while Donacilla cornea often avoids calcareous sands.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code MA552
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 Donacilla cornea
Invertebrates Eurydice affinis
Invertebrates Scolelepis squamata
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Donacilla cornea Invertebrates
Eurydice affinis Invertebrates
Scolelepis squamata Invertebrates

Other classifications

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type Comment
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 A2.25 Mediterranean communities of mediolittoral sands same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 A2.26 Mediterranean communities of mediolittoral sands same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 A2.26 Biocenosis of the mediolittoral sands same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 A2.23 Biocenosis of the mediolittoral sands same
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