Mysella bidentata and Abra spp. in Atlantic infralittoral sandy mud
Cohesive sandy mud, sometimes with a small quantity of shell in shallow water may contain the bivalves Mysella bidentata and Abra spp. (typically A. alba and A. nitida). Other characteristic taxa may include Scoloplos armiger, Mya sp., and Thyasira flexuosa. Tube building amphipods are also characteristic of this biotope in particular Ampelisca spp. and Aoridae such as Microprotopus maculatus.
Situation: This biotope is generally found in sheltered marine inlets or sealochs such as Strangford Lough.
Source: EUNIS habitat classification
|EUNIS habitat type||code MB6243|
|Relation to||Resolution 4 habitat type (used for designation of Emerald sites)|
Relation to other habitat types mentioned in legal instruments
Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)Not available
Species mentioned in habitat description
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|EUNIS Habitat Classification 2007 (revised descriptions 2012)||A5.333||Mysella bidentata and Abra spp. in infralittoral sandy mud||same|
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|EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410||A5.333||Mysella bidentata and Abra spp. in infralittoral sandy mud||same|