Facies with Paramuricea clavata

Description (English)

This facies is characterised by the high density of colonies of the gorgonian (red sea-fan) Paramuricea clavata. The lower stratum is very rich; there are found the cnidarians Caryophyllia smithii, Hoplangia durotrix, Leptopsammia pruvoti, Corallium rubrum, the bryozoans Celleporina caminata, Schizomavella mamillata, Smittina cervicornis, Myriapora truncata, Serpulidae, the sponges Ircinia variabilis, Spongia officinalis, Sarcotragus spinosulus, Scalarispongia scalaris, Aplysina cavernicola, Penares euastrum and Agelas oroides, and the molluscs Thylacodes arenarius and Lithophaga lithophaga. An intermediary level includes invertebrates colonising parts of the branches, such as the cnidarian Alcyonium coralloides, the bryozoans Adeonella calveti, Turbicellepora avicularis, Reteporella spp. and Pentapora fascialis, and the molluscs Pteria hirundo and Anomia ephippium.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code MC151B
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 Adeonella calveti
Invertebrates Agelas oroides
Invertebrates Alcyonium coralloides
Invertebrates Anomia ephippium
Invertebrates Aplysina cavernicola
Invertebrates Caryophyllia smithii
Invertebrates Celleporina caminata
Invertebrates Corallium rubrum
Invertebrates Hoplangia durotrix
Invertebrates Leptopsammia pruvoti
Invertebrates Lithophaga lithophaga
Invertebrates Myriapora truncata
Invertebrates Paramuricea clavata
Invertebrates Pentapora fascialis
Invertebrates Pteria hirundo
Invertebrates Sarcotragus spinosulus
Invertebrates Schizomavella mamillata
Invertebrates Smittina cervicornis
Invertebrates Spongia officinalis
Invertebrates Turbicellepora avicularis
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Adeonella calveti Invertebrates
Agelas oroides Invertebrates
Alcyonium coralloides Invertebrates
Anomia ephippium Invertebrates
Aplysina cavernicola Invertebrates
Caryophyllia smithii Invertebrates
Celleporina caminata Invertebrates
Corallium rubrum Invertebrates
Hoplangia durotrix Invertebrates
Leptopsammia pruvoti Invertebrates
Lithophaga lithophaga Invertebrates
Myriapora truncata Invertebrates
Paramuricea clavata Invertebrates
Pentapora fascialis Invertebrates
Pteria hirundo Invertebrates
Sarcotragus spinosulus Invertebrates
Schizomavella mamillata Invertebrates
Smittina cervicornis Invertebrates
Spongia officinalis Invertebrates
Turbicellepora avicularis Invertebrates

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 2007 (revised descriptions 2012) A4.26B Facies with Paramuricea clavata same
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type Comment
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 A4.26B Facies with Paramuricea clavata same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 A3.6AB Facies with Paramuricea clavata same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 A3.6AB Facies with Paramuricea clavata same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 A3.6AB Facies with Paramuricea clavata same
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