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Association with Laminaria ochroleuca

Description (English)

This association characterised by the brown alga Laminaria ochroleuca occurs on hard or detritic substrata composed by sparse rocks located at 30 - 100 metres depth in areas affected by strong currents and the Atlantic influx (e.g. Strait of Messina, Sea of Alboran, Algerian coasts). Stipes that can be 6 meters high and fronds in wide blades that can form a continuous canopy; densities of the order of one adult per 2 square meters or more. The substratum population is sciaphilous, with the substrata and spikes heavily covered in calcareous algae, sponges, bryozoans and ascidians. The three-dimensional development of this kelp offers habitats to a diversified fish fauna.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code MC1518
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 Laminaria ochroleuca
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Laminaria ochroleuca Algae

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 2007 (revised descriptions 2012) A4.268 Association with Laminaria ochroleuca same
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type Comment
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 A4.268 Association with Laminaria ochroleuca same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 A3.6A8 Association with Laminaria ochroleuca same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 A3.6A8 Association with Laminaria ochroleuca same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 A3.6A8 Association with Laminaria ochroleuca same
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