EUNIS habitat classification 2017 > M - Marine benthic habitats > MC4 - Circalittoral mixed sediment > MC42 - Atlantic circalittoral mixed sediment > MC421 - Faunal communities of Atlantic circalittoral mixed sediment > MC4211 - Cerianthus lloydiiand other burrowing anemones in circalittoral muddy mixed sediment

Cerianthus lloydiiand other burrowing anemones in circalittoral muddy mixed sediment

Description (English)

Circalittoral plains of sandy muddy gravel may be characterised by burrowing anemones such as Cerianthus lloydii. Other burrowing anemones such as Cereus pedunculatus, Mesacmaea mitchellii and Aureliania heterocera may be locally abundant. Relatively few conspicuous species are found in any great number in this biotope but typically they include ubiquitous epifauna such as Asterias rubens, Pagurus bernhardus and Liocarcinus depurator with occasional terebellid polychaetes such as Lanice conchilega and also the clam Pecten maximus. Ophiura albida may be frequent in some areas, and where surface shell or stones are present ascidians such as Ascidiella aspersa may occur in low numbers.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code MC4211
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 Ascidiella aspersa
Invertebrates Asterias rubens
Invertebrates Cereus pedunculatus
Invertebrates Lanice conchilega
Invertebrates Liocarcinus depurator
Invertebrates Pagurus bernhardus
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Ascidiella aspersa Invertebrates
Asterias rubens Invertebrates
Cereus pedunculatus Invertebrates
Lanice conchilega Invertebrates
Liocarcinus depurator Invertebrates
Pagurus bernhardus Invertebrates

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 2007 (revised descriptions 2012) A5.441 Cerianthus lloydii and other burrowing anemones in circalittoral muddy mixed sediment same
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type Comment
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 A5.441 Cerianthus lloydii and other burrowing anemones in circalittoral muddy mixed sediment same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 A4.422 Cerianthus lloydii and other burrowing anemones in circalittoral muddy mixed sediment same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 A4.422 Burrowing anemones in sublittoral muddy gravel same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 A4.442 Burrowing anemones in sublittoral muddy gravel same
MNCR BioMar 97.06 (Britain & Ireland) IMX.FaMX.An Burrowing anemones in sublittoral muddy gravel same
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