Glycera lapidum in impoverished Atlantic infralittoral mobile gravel and sand
In infralittoral mixed slightly gravelly sands on exposed open coasts impoverished communities characterised by the polychaete Glycera lapidum (agg.) may be found. Glycera lapidum is a species complex and as such some variability in identification may be found in the literature. It is also quite widespread and may occur in a variety of coarser sediments and is often present in other MB3-1 subunits. However, it is rarely considered a characteristic species and where this is the case it is normally due to the exclusion of other species. Consequently it is considered that habitats containing this biotope may be subject to continual or periodic sediment disturbance from wave action, which prevents the establishment of a more stable community. Other taxa include spionid polychaetes such as Spio martinensis and Spiophanes bombyx, Nephtys spp. and in some areas the bivalve Spisula elliptica. It is possible that MB3-235 is not a true biotope, rather an impoverished, transitional community, which in more settled conditions develops into other more stable communities.
Situation: In many cases e.g. along the East Yorkshire coast this biotope is found in shallow inshore areas facing directly into the prevailing wind and subject to considerable wave action.
Temporal variation: Due to the variability in sediment regime at these habitats there may be high seasonal or spatial variability within this community.
Source: EUNIS habitat classification
|EUNIS habitat type||code MB3235|
|Relation to||Resolution 4 habitat type (used for designation of Emerald sites)|
Relation to other habitat types mentioned in legal instruments
Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)Not available
Species mentioned in habitat description
|Species scientific name||English common name||Species group|
|Classification||Code||Habitat type name||Relationship type|
|EUNIS Habitat Classification 2007 (revised descriptions 2012)||A5.135||Glycera lapidum in impoverished infralittoral mobile gravel and sand||same|
|Classification||Code||Habitat type name||Relationship type||Comment|
|EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410||A5.125||Glycera lapidum in impoverished infralittoral mobile gravel and sand||same|
|EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308||A5.242||Spio filicornis and Spiophanes bombyx infralittoral clean or muddy sand||wider|
|EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202||A4.252||Spio filicornis and Spiophanes bombyx infralittoral clean or muddy sand||overlap|
|EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910||A4.262||Spio filicornis and Spiophanes bombyx infralittoral clean or muddy sand||overlap|
|MNCR BioMar 97.06 (Britain & Ireland)||IMS.FaMS.SpiSpi||Spio filicornis and Spiophanes bombyx infralittoral clean or muddy sand||overlap|