EUNIS habitat classification 2017 > M - Marine benthic habitats > MB2 - Infralittoral biogenic habitat > MB24 - Black Sea infralittoral biogenic habitat > MB241 - Polychaete worm reefs in the Black sea infralittoral zone

Polychaete worm reefs in the Black sea infralittoral zone

Description (English)

Biogenic circalittoral reefs formed by a variety of polychaete worms. In more sheltered and freshwater-influenced environments the non-native serpulid tubeworm Ficopomatus enigmaticus is the most common reef building species. In moderately exposed environments reefs formed by the serpulid Vermiliopsis infundibulum are present. Finally, on lower infralittoral rock serpulids form massive reefs in collaboration with bivalves (i.e. Ostrea edulis, Mytilus galloprovincialis). These reefs are an important component of the Black Sea ecosystem and are characterised by high biodiversity

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code MB241
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 Ficopomatus enigmaticus
Invertebrates Mytilus galloprovincialis
Invertebrates Ostrea edulis
Invertebrates Vermiliopsis infundibulum
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Ficopomatus enigmaticus Invertebrates
Mytilus galloprovincialis Invertebrates
Ostrea edulis Flat oyster Invertebrates
Vermiliopsis infundibulum Invertebrates

Other classifications

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type Comment
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 A5.61 Sublittoral polychaete worm reefs on sediment same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 A4.652 Serpulid reefs on very sheltered circalittoral mixed substrata narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 A4.441 Sabellaria spinulosa and Polydora spp. on stable circalittoral mixed sediment narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 A4.652 Serpulid reefs on very sheltered circalittoral mixed substrata narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 A4.441 Sabellaria spinulosa and Polydora spp. on stable circalittoral mixed sediment narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 A4.491 Sabellaria spinulosa and Polydora spp. on stable circalittoral mixed sediment narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 A4.494 Serpulid reefs on very sheltered circalittoral mixed substrata narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 A4.91 Sabellaria spinulosa and Polydora spp. on stable circalittoral mixed sediment narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 A4.72 Serpulid reefs on very sheltered circalittoral mixed substrata narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199712 A5.33 Serpulid reefs on very sheltered circalittoral mixed substrata same
MNCR BioMar 97.06 (Britain & Ireland) CMX.SspiMx Sabellaria spinulosa and Polydora spp. on stable circalittoral mixed sediment narrower
MNCR BioMar 97.06 (Britain & Ireland) CMS.Ser Serpula vermicularis reefs on very sheltered circalittoral muddy sand narrower
MNCR BioMar 96.7 (Britain & Ireland) SCR.Sver   same
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