EUNIS habitat classification 2017 > M - Marine benthic habitats > MB5 - Infralittoral sand > MB52 - Atlantic infralittoral sand > MB523 - Faunal communities of full salinity Atlantic infralittoral sand

Faunal communities of full salinity Atlantic infralittoral sand

Description (English)

Sands which occur in shallow water, either on the open coast or in tide-swept channels of marine inlets.
In clean sands, the habitat typically lacks a significant seaweed component and is characterised by robust fauna, particularly amphipods (Bathyporeia) and robust polychaetes including Nephtys cirrosa and Lanice conchilega.
In non-cohesive muddy sand (with 5% to 20% silt/clay), the habitat supports a variety of animal-dominated communities, particularly polychaetes (Magelona mirabilis, Spiophanes bombyx and Chaetozone setosa), bivalves (Fabulina fibula and Chamelea gallina) and the urchin Echinocardium cordatum.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code MB523
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 Chaetozone setosa
Invertebrates Chamelea gallina
Invertebrates Echinocardium cordatum
Invertebrates Lanice conchilega
Invertebrates Nephtys cirrosa
Invertebrates Spiophanes bombyx
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Chaetozone setosa Invertebrates
Chamelea gallina Invertebrates
Echinocardium cordatum Invertebrates
Lanice conchilega Invertebrates
Nephtys cirrosa Invertebrates
Spiophanes bombyx Invertebrates

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type Comment
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 A5.24 Infralittoral muddy sand same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 A5.23 Infralittoral fine sand same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 A4.25 Infralittoral muddy sand same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 A4.21 Animal communities in fully marine shallow clean sands narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 A4.23 Communities of well sorted fine sands narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 A4.22 Communities of fine sands in very shallow waters narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 A4.25 Animal communities in fully marine shallow-water muddy sands same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 A4.23 Communities of well sorted fine sands narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 A4.21 Animal communities in fully marine shallow clean sands narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 A4.22 Communities of fine sands in very shallow waters narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 A4.23 Biocenosis of well sorted fine sands narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 A4.21 Animal communities in fully marine shallow clean sands narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 A4.22 Biocenosis of fine sands in very shallow waters narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 A4.26 Animal communities in fully marine shallow-water muddy sands same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 A4.21 Animal communities in shallow infralittoral muddy sands same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199712 A4.22 Animal communities in shallow infralittoral muddy sands same
MNCR BioMar 97.06 (Britain & Ireland) IMS.FaMS Shallow muddy sand faunal communities same
MNCR BioMar 97.06 (Britain & Ireland) IGS.FaS Shallow sand faunal communities wider
MNCR BioMar 96.7 (Britain & Ireland) IMS.FaMS   same
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