EUNIS habitat classification 2017 > M - Marine benthic habitats > MB1 - Infralittoral rock > MB12 - Atlantic infralittoral rock > MB127 - Communities of surge gullies and caves on Atlantic infralittoral rock > MB1273 - Crustose sponges and colonial ascidians with Dendrodoa grossularia or barnacles on wave-surged Atlantic infralittoral rock

Crustose sponges and colonial ascidians with Dendrodoa grossularia or barnacles on wave-surged Atlantic infralittoral rock

Description (English)

Vertical and overhanging, exposed to moderately exposed bedrock gullies, tunnels and cave entrances subject to wave surge, and dominated by the crustose sponges Halichondria panicea, Myxilla incrustans, Clathrina coriacea, Leucosolenia botryoides, Esperiopsis fucorum and Grantia compressa. There may also be dense aggregations of the anthozoan Sagartia elegans, dwarf Metridium senile, Alcyonium digitatum, and Urticina felina, and a dense covering of the barnacle Balanus crenatus on the bare rock face. Dense aggregations of the robust hydroid Tubularia indivisa may be recorded, growing through the sponge crust. Colonial ascidians such as Polyclinum aurantium, Botryllus schlosseri, Botrylloides leachi, Aplidium nordmanni and the solitary ascidian Dendrodoa grossularia may all be recorded. The echinoderms Asterias rubens, Echinus esculentus, Henricia sp., the crab Cancer pagurus and the calcareous tubeworm Pomatoceros triqueter may also be present on the rock face, along with encrusting coralline algae.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code MB1273
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 Alcyonium digitatum
Invertebrates Asterias rubens
Invertebrates Balanus crenatus
Invertebrates Botrylloides leachi
Invertebrates Botryllus schlosseri
Invertebrates Cancer pagurus
Invertebrates Clathrina coriacea
Invertebrates Dendrodoa grossularia
Invertebrates Echinus esculentus
Invertebrates Esperiopsis fucorum
Invertebrates Grantia compressa
Invertebrates Halichondria panicea
Invertebrates Leucosolenia botryoides
Invertebrates Metridium senile
Invertebrates Myxilla incrustans
Invertebrates Polyclinum aurantium
Invertebrates Pomatoceros triqueter
Invertebrates Sagartia elegans
Invertebrates Tubularia indivisa
Invertebrates Urticina felina
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Alcyonium digitatum Invertebrates
Asterias rubens Invertebrates
Balanus crenatus Invertebrates
Botrylloides leachi Invertebrates
Botryllus schlosseri Invertebrates
Cancer pagurus Invertebrates
Clathrina coriacea Invertebrates
Dendrodoa grossularia Invertebrates
Echinus esculentus Invertebrates
Esperiopsis fucorum Invertebrates
Grantia compressa Invertebrates
Halichondria panicea Invertebrates
Leucosolenia botryoides Invertebrates
Metridium senile Invertebrates
Myxilla incrustans Invertebrates
Polyclinum aurantium Invertebrates
Pomatoceros triqueter Invertebrates
Sagartia elegans Invertebrates
Tubularia indivisa Invertebrates
Urticina felina Invertebrates

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 2007 (revised descriptions 2012) A3.713 Crustose sponges and colonial ascidians with Dendrodoa grossularia or barnacles on wave-surged infralittoral rock same
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type Comment
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 A3.713 Crustose sponges and colonial ascidians with Dendrodoa grossularia or barnacles on wave-surged infralittoral rock same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 A3.4121 Sponge crusts, anemones and Tubularia indivisa in shallow infralittoral surge gullies narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 A3.413 Sponge crusts and colonial ascidians on wave-surged vertical infralittoral rock narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 A3.4121 Sponge crusts, anemones and Tubularia indivisa in shallow infralittoral surge gullies narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 A3.413 Sponge crusts and colonial ascidians on wave-surged vertical infralittoral rock narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 A3.413 Sponge crusts and colonial ascidians on wave-surged vertical infralittoral rock narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 A3.4121 Sponge crusts, anemones and Tubularia indivisa in shallow infralittoral surge gullies narrower
MNCR BioMar 97.06 (Britain & Ireland) EIR.SG.SCAs Sponge crusts and colonial ascidians on wave-surged vertical infralittoral rock narrower
MNCR BioMar 97.06 (Britain & Ireland) EIR.SG.SCAn.Tub Sponge crusts, anemones and Tubularia indivisa in shallow infralittoral surge gullies narrower
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