EUNIS habitat classification 2017 > M - Marine benthic habitats > MB3 - Infralittoral coarse sediment > MB34 - Black Sea infralittoral coarse sediment > MB341 - Fauna-dominated Black Sea infralittoral cobbles and gravels

Fauna-dominated Black Sea infralittoral cobbles and gravels

Description (English)

Black Sea faunal communities present in infralittoral coarse sediments including pebbles, cobbles, fine gravels, coarse sands and shell hash. The habitat comprises a diverse range of communities which include: sparse fauna on pebbles and gravels, environments beneath cobbles and gravels and shell hash with well defined characteristic species (Branchiostoma lanceolatum - Protodorvillea kefersteini - Ophelia limacina). This biotope is found in coastal surge zones, as well as on wave lashed bottoms in open coast environments and deposits affected by unidirectional currents. Typical characterising species in coarse sand and shell gravel environments include the lancelet Branchiostoma lanceolatum and polychaetes Protodorvillea kefersteini and Ophelia limacina.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code MB341
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 Ophelia limacina
Invertebrates Protodorvillea kefersteini
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Branchiostoma lanceolatum Invertebrates
Ophelia limacina Invertebrates
Protodorvillea kefersteini 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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