EUNIS habitat classification 2017 > M - Marine benthic habitats > MB5 - Infralittoral sand > MB54 - Black Sea infralittoral sand > MB548 - Black sea seagrass meadows on lower infralittoral sands

Black sea seagrass meadows on lower infralittoral sands

Description (English)

Seagrass meadows are found on sandy and sandy-muddy bottoms in sheltered habitats with sufficient light penetration for the growth of vascular plants. Zostera marinais generally dominant and may form pure stands but other species of seagrass may occur, together with red and green algae. Characteristic species: Zostera marina, Zostera noltei, Cystoseira barbata, Gracilaria gracilis. 115 macroalgal species have been recorded in this habitat type in the Black Sea. Typical genera are: Ceramium, Cladophora, Kylinia, Laurencia, Melobesia and Polysiphonia.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code MB548
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

Algae Cystoseira barbata
Algae Gracilaria gracilis
Flowering Plants Zostera marina
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Cystoseira barbata Algae
Gracilaria gracilis Algae
Zostera marina Flowering Plants

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 2007 (revised descriptions 2012) A5.2 Sublittoral sand narrower
European Red List of Habitats BLSA5.5w Seagrass meadows in Pontic lower infralittoral sands same
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type Comment
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 A5.2 Sublittoral sand same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 A4.2 Sublittoral sand same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 A4.72 Animal communities of deep circalittoral sandy bottoms narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 A4.2 Sublittoral sands and muddy sands narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 A4.72 Animal communities of deep circalittoral sandy bottoms narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 A4.2 Sublittoral sands and muddy sands same
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