EUNIS habitat classification 2017 > M - Marine benthic habitats > MB5 - Infralittoral sand > MB55 - Mediterranean infralittoral sand > MB554 - Assemblages of Mediterranean euryhaline and/or eurythermal lagoon biocenosis on sand

Assemblages of Mediterranean euryhaline and/or eurythermal lagoon biocenosis on sand

Description (English)

Saline lagoons or occasionally in estuaries with sandy sediments where the salinity is variable over the short or long term (daily to annual). Characteristic species include Vascular plants (Ruppia cirrhosa, R. maritima, Stuckenia pectinata, Zostera marina, Z. noltei, Cymodocea nodosa); (Polychaete worms (Hediste diversicolor, Alitta succinea); Bivalves (Cerastoderma glaucum, Abra segmentum, Scrobicularia plana, Loripes orbiculatus, Gastrana fragilis, Tapes spp., Ostrea edulis); Gasteropods (Rissoa spp., Nassarius reticulatus, Cyclope neritea); Amphipods (Gammarus locusta, Microdeutopus sp.), Isopods (Lekanesphaera hookeri, Cyathura carinata, Idotea chelipes) and the shore crab Carcinus aestuarii.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code MB554
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 Carcinus aestuarii
Invertebrates Cerastoderma glaucum
Invertebrates Cyathura carinata
Invertebrates Gammarus locusta
Invertebrates Idotea chelipes
Invertebrates Lekanesphaera hookeri
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Carcinus aestuarii Invertebrates
Cerastoderma glaucum Invertebrates
Cyathura carinata Invertebrates
Gammarus locusta Invertebrates
Idotea chelipes Invertebrates
Lekanesphaera hookeri Invertebrates

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 2007 (revised descriptions 2012) A5.53 Sublittoral seagrass beds overlap
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type Comment
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 A5.53 Sublittoral seagrass beds same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 A4.51 Cymodocea beds narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 A4.52 Halophila beds narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 A4.56 Posidonia beds narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 A4.54 Ruppia and Zannichellia communities narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 A4.53 Zostera beds in infralittoral sediments narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 A4.51 Cymodocea beds narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 A4.52 Halophila beds narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 A4.56 Posidonia beds narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 A4.54 Ruppia and Zannichellia communities narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 A4.53 Zostera beds in infralittoral sediments narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 A4.51 Cymodocea beds narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 A4.52 Halophila beds narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 A4.6 Posidonia beds narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 A4.54 Ruppia and Zannichellia communities narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 A4.53 Zostera beds in infralittoral sediments narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 A4.51 Cymodocea beds narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 A4.52 Halophila beds narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 A4.55 Posidonia beds narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 A4.54 Ruppia and Zannichellia communities narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 A4.53 Zostera marina and Ruppia beds in sheltered infralittoral fine sand and mud narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199712 A4.13 Cymodocea beds narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199712 A4.14 Halophila beds narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199712 A2.41 Marine tasselweed Ruppia and Zannichellia communities narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199712 A5.35 Posidonia beds narrower
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 199905 11.41 Marine tasselweed communities narrower
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 199905 11.331 Mediterranean Cymodocea beds narrower
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 199905 11.36 Temperate Halophila and Thalassia beds narrower
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 199905 11.35 Thermo-Atlantic Cymodocea beds narrower
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 199905 11.34 Posidonia beds narrower
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1997 11.41 Marine tasselweed communities narrower
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1997 11.331 Mediterranean Cymodocea beds narrower
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1997 11.36 Temperate Halophila and Thalassia beds narrower
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1997 11.35 Thermo-Atlantic Cymodocea beds narrower
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1997 11.34 Posidonia beds narrower
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1996 11.331   narrower
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1996 11.34   narrower
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1996 11.35   narrower
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1996 11.36   narrower
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1996 11.41   narrower
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1993 11.331   narrower
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1993 11.34   narrower
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1993 11.35   narrower
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1993 11.36   narrower
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1993 11.41   narrower
CORINE Biotopes Classification 1991 11.331   narrower
CORINE Biotopes Classification 1991 11.34   narrower
CORINE Biotopes Classification 1991 11.36   narrower
CORINE Biotopes Classification 1991 11.41   narrower
CORINE Biotopes Classification 1989 11.34   narrower
CORINE Biotopes Classification 1989 11.35   narrower
MNCR BioMar 97.06 (Britain & Ireland) IMS.Sgr Seagrass beds (sublittoral/lower shore) same
MNCR BioMar 96.7 (Britain & Ireland) IMS.Rup   wider
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