EUNIS habitat classification 2017 > M - Marine benthic habitats > MC3 - Circalittoral coarse sediment > MC32 - Atlantic circalittoral coarse sediment > MC321 - Faunal communities of Atlantic circalittoral coarse sediment > MC3213 - Protodorvillea kefersteini and other polychaetes in impoverished Atlantic circalittoral mixed gravelly sand

Protodorvillea kefersteini and other polychaetes in impoverished Atlantic circalittoral mixed gravelly sand

Description (English)

In coarse gravelly or shelly sand sometimes with a slight mud content, along open coasts in depths of 10 to 30m, and in shallower offshore areas, an impoverished community characterised by Protodorvillea kefersteini may be found. This biotope has a number of other species associated with it including Nemertea spp., Caulleriella zetlandica, Minuspio cirrifera, Glycera lapidum, Ampelisca spinipes and numerous other polychaete species all occurring at low abundances. The polychaete Sabellaria spinulosa is also found in low numbers in this biotope.
Situation: This biotope has been reported in the North Sea along the Norfolk/Lincolnshire coast located in and around marine aggregate dredging areas (IECS, 1999).
Temporal variation: This biotope may be quite variable both spatially and temporally in terms community structure and also sediment type which is often borderline between coarse sediments & subunits and mixed sediments and subunits.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code MC3213
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 Ampelisca spinipes
Invertebrates Caulleriella zetlandica
Invertebrates Glycera lapidum
Invertebrates Protodorvillea kefersteini
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Ampelisca spinipes Invertebrates
Caulleriella zetlandica Invertebrates
Glycera lapidum Invertebrates
Protodorvillea kefersteini Invertebrates

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 2007 (revised descriptions 2012) A5.143 Protodorvillea kefersteini and other polychaetes in impoverished circalittoral mixed gravelly sand same
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type Comment
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 A5.133 Protodorvillea kefersteini and other polychaetes in impoverished circalittoral mixed gravelly sand same
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