Association with Sargassum vulgare

Description (English)

This association is characterised by the brown alga Sargassum vulgare, living in pure waters with strong luminosity. The Sargassum vulgare association, described for the first time in Syria, achieves maximum development in rough, shady biotopes, up to 3 meters down. It grows on substrata whose slopes vary from the subvertical to the horizontal. At surface level, it forms, with Cystoseira compressa or Cystoseira amentacea, a dense belt whose substratum is made up of sciaphilous flora. At about 3 meters deep, it is accompanied by Cystoseira barbatula and Cystoseira crinita. In the eastern Mediterranean Sargassum trichocarpum is also found, going down into the lower infralittoral and the circalittoral. This association replaces the association with Cystoseira amentacea var. stricta in areas with moderately strong wave action.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code MB151L
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 amentacea
Algae Cystoseira barbatula
Algae Cystoseira compressa
Algae Cystoseira crinita
Algae Sargassum trichocarpum
Algae Sargassum vulgare
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Cystoseira amentacea Algae
Cystoseira barbatula Algae
Cystoseira compressa Algae
Cystoseira crinita Algae
Sargassum trichocarpum Algae
Sargassum vulgare Algae

Other classifications

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

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type Comment
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 A3.23E Association with Sargassum vulgaris same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 A3.25E Association with Sargassum vulgaris same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 A3.25E Association with Sargassum vulgaris same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 A3.25E Association with Sargassum vulgaris same
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