EUNIS habitat classification 2017 > M - Marine benthic habitats > MC5 - Circalittoral sand > MC52 - Atlantic circalittoral sand > MC521 - Faunal communities of Atlantic circalittoral sand > MC5211 - Echinocyamus pusillus, Ophelia borealis and Abra prismatica in circalittoral fine sand

Echinocyamus pusillus, Ophelia borealis and Abra prismatica in circalittoral fine sand

Description (English)

Circalittoral and offshore medium to fine sand (from 40m to 140m) characterised by the pea urchin Echinocyamus pusillus, the polychaete Ophelia borealis and the bivalve Abra prismatica. Other species may include the polychaetes Spiophanes bombyx, Pholoe sp., Exogone spp., Sphaerosyllis bulbosa, Goniada maculata, Chaetozone setosa, Owenia fusiformis, Glycera lapidum, Lumbrineris latreilli and Aricidea cerrutii and the bivalves Thracia phaseolina and Moerella pygmaea and to a lesser extent Spisula elliptica and Timoclea ovata. This biotope has been found in the central and northern North Sea.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code MC5211
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 Abra prismatica
Invertebrates Aricidea cerrutii
Invertebrates Chaetozone setosa
Invertebrates Echinocyamus pusillus
Invertebrates Glycera lapidum
Invertebrates Goniada maculata
Invertebrates Lumbrineris latreilli
Invertebrates Ophelia borealis
Invertebrates Owenia fusiformis
Invertebrates Spiophanes bombyx
Invertebrates Spisula elliptica
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Abra prismatica Invertebrates
Aricidea cerrutii Invertebrates
Chaetozone setosa Invertebrates
Echinocyamus pusillus Invertebrates
Glycera lapidum Invertebrates
Goniada maculata Invertebrates
Lumbrineris latreilli Invertebrates
Ophelia borealis Invertebrates
Owenia fusiformis Invertebrates
Spiophanes bombyx Invertebrates
Spisula elliptica Invertebrates

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 2007 (revised descriptions 2012) A5.251 Echinocyamus pusillus, Ophelia borealis and Abra prismatica in circalittoral fine sand same
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type Comment
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 A5.251 Echinocyamus pusillus, Ophelia borealis and Abra prismatica in circalittoral fine sand same
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