EUNIS habitat classification 2017 > M - Marine benthic habitats > MB6 - Infralittoral mud > MB62 - Atlantic infralittoral mud > MB623 - Vegetated communities in reduced salinity Atlantic infralittoral mud > MB6231 - Vegetation of brackish waters dominated by Phragmites australis on Atlantic reduced salinity infralittoral mud

Vegetation of brackish waters dominated by Phragmites australis on Atlantic reduced salinity infralittoral mud

Description (English)

Permanently low salinity muds or peaty muddy sands with some gravel which supports Phragmites australis reed beds. These reed beds are often found in enclosed water bodies influenced by freshwater inflow and may have notable quantities of decaying reed material. The substratum may be mixtures of mud, peaty mud, sand and some gravel. Filamentous green algae and charaphytes such as Lamprothamnium papulosum and Chara aspera may also be found in association with this biotope as well as a the freshwater quillwort Myriophyllum spp. The infaunal component of this biotope is poorly known. This biotope is further described as NVC type S4 in the British National Vegetation Classification (Rodwell 1995).

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code MB6231
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 Lamprothamnium papulosum
Flowering Plants Phragmites australis
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Lamprothamnium papulosum Algae
Phragmites australis Flowering Plants

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 2007 (revised descriptions 2012) A5.541 Vegetation of brackish waters dominated by Phragmites australis narrower
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type Comment
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 A5.541 Vegetation of brackish waters dominated by Phragmites australis same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 A4.551 Vegetation of brackish waters dominated by Phragmites australis same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 A4.551 Vegetation of brackish waters dominated by Phragmites australis same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 A4.551 Vegetation of brackish waters dominated by Phragmites australis same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 A4.562 Vegetation of brackish waters dominated by Phragmites australis same
MNCR BioMar 97.06 (Britain & Ireland) IMU.Ang.NVC.S4 Phragmites australis swamp and reed beds same
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