EUNIS habitat classification 2017 > M - Marine benthic habitats > MB5 - Infralittoral sand > MB55 - Mediterranean infralittoral sand > MB552 - Biocenosis of Mediterranean well sorted fine sands

Biocenosis of Mediterranean well sorted fine sands

Description (English)

Stretches of fine sands continuing at greater depth the biocenosis of fine sands at high level; the sediment is usually of homogeneous granulometry and terrigenous origin. The biocenosis begins at around 2-2.5 meters and may reach a depth of 25 meters; sometimes it occupies vast areas along the coasts or in wide bays.
Locally, the biocenosis of well sorted fine sands tolerates a slight lack of saltiness in the water near estuaries and surrounding some Mediterranean ponds. It thus presents a certain impoverishment, offset by the presence of some euryhaline species. When the wave action is too strong, the biocenosis can also be impoverished. Locally, the Cymodocea nodosa phanerogam can colonise certain areas, where it will constitute a local facies with epiflora. The fairly localized presence of some species (Caulerpa prolifera, Halophila stipulacea

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code MB552
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 Caulerpa prolifera
Flowering Plants Cymodocea nodosa
Flowering Plants Halophila stipulacea
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Caulerpa prolifera Algae
Cymodocea nodosa Flowering Plants
Halophila stipulacea Flowering Plants

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type Comment
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 A5.236 Mediterranean communities of well sorted fine sands same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 A4.23 Communities of well sorted fine sands same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 A4.23 Biocenosis of well sorted fine sands same
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