Association with Stuckenia pectinata on mud

Description (English)

Low (0 to 10) and variable salinity infralittoral mud rich in organic matter with beds of Stuckenia pectinata (Syn Potamogeton pectinatus), associated with blankets of filamentous green algae such as Ulva intestinalis, Cladophora liniformis and Rhizoclonium riparium. The grazing gastropod Potamopyrgus antipodarum is found in this biotope and juvenile Mytilus edulis have been observed settled on Stuckenia leaves and amongst the algae. The charaphyte Lamprothamnium papulosum may be found to some extent in this biotope but more often in neighbouring habitats (see Plaza & Sanderson 1997). Mysids, trout (Salmo trutta), and sticklebacks Gasterosteus aculeatus can be found swimming amongst the vegetation. Mya arenaria may be found in some examples of this biotope, but the infaunal component of this biotope requires further investigation but is likely to contain oligochaetes, Arenicola marina, Corophium volutator and Gammarus spp.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code MB6522
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 Cladophora liniformis
Algae Lamprothamnium papulosum
Algae Rhizoclonium riparium
Fishes Gasterosteus aculeatus
Fishes Salmo trutta
Flowering Plants Potamogeton pectinatus
Invertebrates Mya arenaria
Invertebrates Mytilus edulis
Invertebrates Potamopyrgus antipodarum
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Cladophora liniformis Algae
Lamprothamnium papulosum Algae
Rhizoclonium riparium Algae
Gasterosteus aculeatus Fishes
Salmo trutta Fishes
Potamogeton pectinatus Flowering Plants
Mya arenaria Invertebrates
Mytilus edulis Invertebrates
Potamopyrgus antipodarum Invertebrates

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 2007 (revised descriptions 2012) A5.542 Association with Potamogeton pectinatus narrower
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type Comment
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 A5.542 Association with Potamogeton pectinatus same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 A4.552 Association with Potamogeton pectinatus same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 A4.552 Association with Potamogeton pectinatus same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 A4.552 Association with Potamogeton pectinatus same
MNCR BioMar 97.06 (Britain & Ireland) IMU.Ang.NVC.A12 Potamogeton pectinatus community same
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