Association with Cystoseira spinosa

Description (English)

This association is characterised by the brown alga Cystoseira spinosa. This is a perennial species whose thalli may be up to 20-50 cm. high. The compressa variety is localized in the lower infralittoral in limpid water with marked hydrodynamics. This variety, as well as the spinosa variety, cannot withstand an increase in sedimentation. However, the tenuior variety tolerates a certain instability of environment and is spread right through the infralittoral; in the eastern Mediterranean and the Adriatic it can replace Cystoseira sauvageauana and associate with Cystoseira brachycarpa and Cystoseira foeniculacea in the upper and middle infralittoral.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code MB151K
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 brachycarpa
Algae Cystoseira foeniculacea
Algae Cystoseira spinosa
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Cystoseira brachycarpa Algae
Cystoseira foeniculacea Algae
Cystoseira spinosa Algae

Other classifications

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

History

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