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Faunal communities of Atlantic circalittoral coarse sediment

Description (English)

Tide-swept circalittoral coarse sands, gravel and shingle generally in depths of over 15-20m. This habitat may be found in tidal channels of marine inlets, along exposed coasts and offshore. This habitat, as with shallower coarse sediments, may be characterised by robust infaunal polychaetes, mobile crustacea and bivalves. Certain species of sea cucumber (e.g. Neopentadactyla ) may also be prevalent in these areas along with the lancelet Branchiostoma lanceolatum .

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code MC321
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

Not available

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 2007 (revised descriptions 2012) A5.14 Circalittoral coarse sediment narrower
European Red List of Habitats NEAA5.14 Atlantic upper circalittoral coarse sediment wider
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type Comment
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 A5.13 Circalittoral coarse sediment same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 A4.13 Circalittoral coarse sediment same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 A4.13 Animal communities of circalittoral mobile cobbles, gravels and sands same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 A4.14 Animal communities of circalittoral mobile cobbles, gravels and sands same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 A4.61 Animal communities of circalittoral gravels and sands same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199712 A6.11 Animal communities of circalittoral gravels and sands same
MNCR BioMar 96.7 (Britain & Ireland) CGS.AfilEcor   narrower
MNCR BioMar 96.7 (Britain & Ireland) CGS.NeoBv   narrower
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