EUNIS habitat classification 2017 > M - Marine benthic habitats > MB6 - Infralittoral mud > MB62 - Atlantic infralittoral mud > MB626 - Faunal communities on low or reduced salinity Atlantic infralittoral mud

Faunal communities on low or reduced salinity Atlantic infralittoral mud

Description (English)

Shallow, typically anoxic, muddy and sandy mud sediments in areas of low or reduced, although stable, salinity (may vary annually) with largely ephemeral faunal communities. Characterised by Arenicola marina and blue-green algae with other species, including mysids, Carcinus maenas and Corophium volutator which commonly occur in lagoons. Important infaunal species may include Hediste diversicolor, Heterochaeta costata and chironomids; however infaunal records for this biotope are limited.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code MB626
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 Arenicola marina
Invertebrates Carcinus maenas
Invertebrates Corophium volutator
Invertebrates Heterochaeta costata
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Arenicola marina Invertebrates
Carcinus maenas Invertebrates
Corophium volutator Invertebrates
Heterochaeta costata Invertebrates

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 2007 (revised descriptions 2012) A5.31 Sublittoral mud in low or reduced salinity narrower
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type Comment
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 A5.31 Sublittoral mud in low or reduced salinity (lagoons) same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 A4.32 Variable or reduced salinity sublittoral muds wider
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 A4.32 Variable or reduced salinity sublittoral muds wider
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 A4.32 Variable or reduced salinity non-mobile sublittoral muds wider
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 A4.32 Estuarine sublittoral muds wider
MNCR BioMar 97.06 (Britain & Ireland) IMU.EstMu Estuarine sublittoral muds wider
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