Facies with Corallium rubrum

Description (English)

This facies, characterised by the high presence of the cnidarian (red coral) Corallium rubrum, occurs on walls of caves and/or cavities with coralligenous concretions and semi-dark overhangs. The vertical distribution of this facies occurs from 10 to 200 metres depth. Usually associated with many sponges (e.g. Haliclona fulva, Haliclona viscosa, Crella mollior, Aplysina cavernicola, Petrosia ficiformis, Pleraplysilla spinifera), scleractinians (Leptopsammia pruvoti, Caryophyllia inornata, Hoplangia durotrix), and bryozoans (e.g. Smittina cervicornis, Smittoidea reticulata, Celleporina caminata, Disporella neapolitana).

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code MC1522
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 Aplysina cavernicola
Invertebrates Caryophyllia inornata
Invertebrates Celleporina caminata
Invertebrates Corallium rubrum
Invertebrates Crella mollior
Invertebrates Haliclona fulva
Invertebrates Haliclona viscosa
Invertebrates Hoplangia durotrix
Invertebrates Leptopsammia pruvoti
Invertebrates Petrosia ficiformis
Invertebrates Pleraplysilla spinifera
Invertebrates Smittina cervicornis
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Aplysina cavernicola Invertebrates
Caryophyllia inornata Invertebrates
Celleporina caminata Invertebrates
Corallium rubrum Invertebrates
Crella mollior Invertebrates
Haliclona fulva Invertebrates
Haliclona viscosa Invertebrates
Hoplangia durotrix Invertebrates
Leptopsammia pruvoti Invertebrates
Petrosia ficiformis Invertebrates
Pleraplysilla spinifera Invertebrates
Smittina cervicornis Invertebrates

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 2007 (revised descriptions 2012) A4.713 Caves and overhangs with Corallium rubrum same
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type Comment
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 A4.713 Caves and overhangs with Corallium rubrum same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 A3.B13 Facies with Corallium rubrum same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 A3.B13 Facies with Corallium rubrum same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 A3.813 Facies with Corallium rubrum same
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