EUNIS habitat classification 2017 > M - Marine benthic habitats > MA6 - Littoral mud > MA62 - Atlantic littoral mud > MA621 - Faunal communities of full salinity Atlantic littoral mud

Faunal communities of full salinity Atlantic littoral mud

Description (English)

Intertidal mudflats in fully marine open sea (coast) only develop under macrotidal conditions such as those found in the German Bight and Mont Saint Michel, France. Also they form part of a habitat complex on a landscape scale within bays, barrier systems and estuaries. Intertidal mudflats have a low species diversity but huge overall invertebrate productivity, resulting in an important and perpetually exploited food source for waders, waterfowl and fish as well as resting, pupping and feeding areas for seals and their young.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code MA621
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) A2.33 Marine mud shores narrower
European Red List of Habitats NEAA2.33 Marine Atlantic littoral mud with associated communities same
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type Comment
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 A2.33 Marine mud shores same
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