Association with Cystoseira crinita

Description (English)

This association is characterised by the brown alga Cystoseira crinita, living in pure waters with strong luminosity. In the western Mediterranean, this association is found in superficial photophilous biotopes in both rough and sheltered places (0 to 0,5 meters down). In places with weak hydrodynamics, it tolerates sedimentation. In the Aegean Sea, it is known in both exposed and sheltered stations, whereas in Syria it can descend to 3 meters down on an exposed subhorizontal substratum. In other parts of the Mediterranean, its vicarians can be found: Cystoseira mediterranea (in the western Mediterranean), Cystoseira crinitophylla and Cystoseira sedoides in the Strait of Sicily, Cystoseira sedoides in Algeria, Tunisia and Pantelleria, and Cystoseira barbata in the Venice lagoon. In the eastern Mediterranean are Cystoseira barbatula and Cystoseira corniculata and others with localized distribution like Cystoseira susanensis, Cystoseira hyblaea, Cystoseira rayssiae.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code MB151G
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

Algae Cystoseira barbata
Algae Cystoseira barbatula
Algae Cystoseira corniculata
Algae Cystoseira crinita
Algae Cystoseira crinitophylla
Algae Cystoseira hyblaea
Algae Cystoseira mediterranea
Algae Cystoseira sedoides
Algae Cystoseira susanensis
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Cystoseira barbata Algae
Cystoseira barbatula Algae
Cystoseira corniculata Algae
Cystoseira crinita Algae
Cystoseira crinitophylla Algae
Cystoseira hyblaea Algae
Cystoseira mediterranea Algae
Cystoseira sedoides Algae
Cystoseira susanensis Algae

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 2007 (revised descriptions 2012) A3.23A Mediterranean and Pontic Association with Cystoseira crinita same
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type Comment
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 A3.23A Association with Cystoseira crinita same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 A3.25A Association with Cystoseira crinita same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 A3.25A Association with Cystoseira crinita same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 A3.25A Association with Cystoseira crinita same
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