EUNIS habitat classification 2017 > M - Marine benthic habitats > MB3 - Infralittoral coarse sediment > MB32 - Atlantic infralittoral coarse sediment > MB323 - Faunal communities in full salinity Atlantic infralittoral coarse sediment

Faunal communities in full salinity Atlantic infralittoral coarse sediment

Description (English)

Moderately exposed habitats with coarse sand, gravelly sand, shingle and gravel in the infralittoral, are subject to disturbance by tidal steams and wave action. Such habitats found on the open coast or in tide-swept marine inlets are characterised by a robust fauna of infaunal polychaetes such as Chaetozone setosa and Lanice conchilega, cumacean crustacea such as Iphinoe trispinosa and Diastylis bradyi, and venerid bivalves. Habitats with the lancelet Branchiostoma lanceolatum may also occur.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code MB323
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 Branchiostoma lanceolatum
Invertebrates Chaetozone setosa
Invertebrates Diastylis bradyi
Invertebrates Iphinoe trispinosa
Invertebrates Lanice conchilega
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Branchiostoma lanceolatum Invertebrates
Chaetozone setosa Invertebrates
Diastylis bradyi Invertebrates
Iphinoe trispinosa Invertebrates
Lanice conchilega Invertebrates

Other classifications

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type Comment
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 A5.12 Infralittoral coarse sediment same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 A4.12 Animal communities in shallow-water coarse sands narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 A4.11 Animal communities in shallow-water gravels narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 A4.12 Animal communities in shallow-water coarse sands narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 A4.11 Animal communities in shallow-water gravels narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 A4.12 Animal communities in shallow-water gravels narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 A4.13 Animal communities in shallow-water coarse sands narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 A4.13 Animal communities in shallow sands narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 A4.12 Animal communities in shallow gravels narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199712 A4.12 Animal communities in shallow gravels and sands same
MNCR BioMar 97.06 (Britain & Ireland) IGS.FaG Shallow gravel faunal communities narrower
MNCR BioMar 97.06 (Britain & Ireland) IGS.FaS Shallow sand faunal communities narrower
MNCR BioMar 96.7 (Britain & Ireland) IGS.FaGS   same
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