Mediterranean Sabellaria alveolata worm reefs

Description (English)

The species Sabellaria alveolata colonises very superficial coastal areas, from the low tide mark down to 3-5 metres, where wave action is stronger and moves particles of the sediments which are used by the worms to build their tubes. It also provides the organic matter on which these filter-feeders live. Sabellaria reefs are generally found along exposed sandy coasts, although their concretion does need a rocky base to start with (it may even be an artificial substrate, such as rubble or dockside structures, or small stones).

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code MB2541
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 Sabellaria alveolata
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Sabellaria alveolata Invertebrates

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 2007 (revised descriptions 2012) A5.612 Sabellaria alveolata on variable salinity sublittoral mixed sediment narrower
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type Comment
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 A5.612 Sabellaria alveolata on variable salinity sublittoral mixed sediment same
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