EUNIS habitat classification 2017 > M - Marine benthic habitats > MB6 - Infralittoral mud > MB62 - Atlantic infralittoral mud > MB624 - Faunal communities on full salinity Atlantic infralittoral mud > MB6247 - Cerastoderma edule with Abra nitida in Atlantic infralittoral mud

Cerastoderma edule with Abra nitida in Atlantic infralittoral mud

Description (English)

Sheltered shallow sublittoral muds and gravelly muds in marine embayments, inlets or harbours may contain populations of the edible cockle Cerastoderma edule with Abra nitida. Other taxa may include the gastropod Hydrobia ulvae, cirraltulid polychaetes such as Caulleriella spp. and other polychaetes including Hediste diversicolor and Aphelochaeta marioni. Available data for this biotope are limited to parts of Southampton Water, Chichester Harbour and also in the Wash. The species list given here may therefore be far from complete. It is not known at this stage whether this biotope is a sublittoral extension of intertidal cockle beds (e.g. MA5-252) or whether it exists independently of intertidal populations of C. edule.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code MB6247
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 Abra nitida
Invertebrates Aphelochaeta marioni
Invertebrates Cerastoderma edule
Invertebrates Hydrobia ulvae
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Abra nitida Invertebrates
Aphelochaeta marioni Invertebrates
Cerastoderma edule Invertebrates
Hydrobia ulvae Invertebrates

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 2007 (revised descriptions 2012) A5.341 Cerastoderma edule with Abra nitida in infralittoral mud same
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type Comment
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 A5.341 Cerastoderma edule with Abra nitida in infralittoral mud same
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