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Association with Cystoseira zosteroides

Description (English)

This association is characterised by the high abundance of the brown alga Cystoseira zosteroides. The association can include in its higher levels both sciaphilous and photophilous species such as Phyllariopsis brevipes, Arthrocladia villosa, Sporochnus pedunculatus, Cutleria chilosa, Dictyota dichotoma, Dictyopteris polypodioides, Halopteris filicina and Polysiphonia foeniculacea. Sciaphilous adnate forms such as Lithophyllum incrustans, Mesophyllum alternans and Peyssonnelia rosa-marina represent a great part of the population. The association is mixed with the big erect invertebrate species of the coralligenous, like the Axinella polypoides sponge and the Paramuricea clavata and Eunicella cavolini gorgonians.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code MC1511
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 Arthrocladia villosa
Algae Cutleria chilosa
Algae Cystoseira zosteroides
Algae Dictyopteris polypodioides
Algae Dictyota dichotoma
Algae Halopteris filicina
Algae Lithophyllum incrustans
Algae Mesophyllum alternans
Algae Phyllariopsis brevipes
Algae Sporochnus pedunculatus
Invertebrates Axinella polypoides
Invertebrates Eunicella cavolini
Invertebrates Paramuricea clavata
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Arthrocladia villosa Algae
Cutleria chilosa Algae
Cystoseira zosteroides Algae
Dictyopteris polypodioides Algae
Dictyota dichotoma Algae
Halopteris filicina Algae
Lithophyllum incrustans Algae
Mesophyllum alternans Algae
Phyllariopsis brevipes Algae
Sporochnus pedunculatus Algae
Axinella polypoides Invertebrates
Eunicella cavolini Invertebrates
Paramuricea clavata Invertebrates

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 2007 (revised descriptions 2012) A4.261 Association with Cystoseira zosteroides same
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type Comment
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 A4.261 Association with Cystoseira zosteroides same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 A3.6A1 Association with Cystoseira zosteroides same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 A3.6A1 Association with Cystoseira zosteroides same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 A3.6A1 Association with Cystoseira zosteroides same
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