EUNIS habitat classification 2017 > M - Marine benthic habitats > MC5 - Circalittoral sand > MC52 - Atlantic circalittoral sand > MC521 - Faunal communities of Atlantic circalittoral sand > MC5212 - Abra prismatica, Bathyporeia elegans and polychaetes in circalittoral fine sand

Abra prismatica, Bathyporeia elegans and polychaetes in circalittoral fine sand

Description (English)

In circalittoral and offshore medium to fine sands between 25m and 100m a community characterised by the bivalve Abra prismatica, the amphipod Bathyporeia elegans and polychaetes such as Scoloplos armiger, Spiophanes bombyx, Aonides paucibranchiata, Chaetozone setosa, Ophelia borealis and Nephtys longosetosa may be found. Crustacea such as the cumacean Eudorellopsis deformis and the opheliid polychaetes such as Ophelia borealis, Travisia forbesii or Ophelina neglecta are often present in this biotope and the brittlestar Amphiura filiformis may also be common at some sites. This biotope has been reported in the central and northern North Sea ( Basford and Eleftheriou, 1989; K

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code MC5212
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 Amphiura filiformis
Invertebrates Aonides paucibranchiata
Invertebrates Bathyporeia elegans
Invertebrates Chaetozone setosa
Invertebrates Eudorellopsis deformis
Invertebrates Nephtys longosetosa
Invertebrates Ophelia borealis
Invertebrates Scoloplos armiger
Invertebrates Spiophanes bombyx
Invertebrates Travisia forbesii
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Abra prismatica Invertebrates
Amphiura filiformis Invertebrates
Aonides paucibranchiata Invertebrates
Bathyporeia elegans Invertebrates
Chaetozone setosa Invertebrates
Eudorellopsis deformis Invertebrates
Nephtys longosetosa Invertebrates
Ophelia borealis Invertebrates
Scoloplos armiger Invertebrates
Spiophanes bombyx Invertebrates
Travisia forbesii Invertebrates

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 2007 (revised descriptions 2012) A5.252 Abra prismatica, Bathyporeia elegans and polychaetes 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 A5.252 Abra prismatica, Bathyporeia elegans and polychaetes in circalittoral fine sand same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 A4.275 Fine sand >80 m with polychaetes Ophelina neglecta, Travisia forbesii, crustaceans Bathyporeia elegans, Eudorellopsis deformis and molluscs Abra prismatica same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 A4.275 Fine sand >80 m with polychaetes Ophelina neglecta, Travisia forbesii, crustaceans Bathyporeia elegans, Eudorellopsis deformis and molluscs Abra prismatica same
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