EUNIS habitat classification 2017 > M - Marine benthic habitats > MC6 - Circalittoral mud > MC62 - Atlantic circalittoral mud > MC621 - Faunal communities of Atlantic circalittoral mud > MC6217 - Burrowing megafauna and Maxmuelleria lankesteri in Atlantic circalittoral mud

Burrowing megafauna and Maxmuelleria lankesteri in Atlantic circalittoral mud

Description (English)

In circalittoral stable mud distinctive populations of megafauna may be found. These typically include Nephrops norvegicus, Calocaris macandreae and Callianassa subterranea. Large mounds formed by the echiuran Maxmuelleria lankesteri are also frequent in this biotope. The seapen Virgularia mirabilis may occur occasionally in this biotope but not in the same abundance as MC6-216 to which MC6-217 is closely allied. Infaunal species may include Nephtys hystricis, Chaetozone setosa, Amphiura chiajei and Abra alba.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code MC6217
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 alba
Invertebrates Amphiura chiajei
Invertebrates Callianassa subterranea
Invertebrates Calocaris macandreae
Invertebrates Chaetozone setosa
Invertebrates Maxmuelleria lankesteri
Invertebrates Nephrops norvegicus
Invertebrates Nephtys hystricis
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Abra alba Invertebrates
Amphiura chiajei Invertebrates
Callianassa subterranea Invertebrates
Calocaris macandreae Invertebrates
Chaetozone setosa Invertebrates
Maxmuelleria lankesteri Invertebrates
Nephrops norvegicus Invertebrates
Nephtys hystricis Invertebrates

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 2007 (revised descriptions 2012) A5.362 Burrowing megafauna and Maxmuelleria lankesteri in circalittoral mud same
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type Comment
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 A5.362 Burrowing megafauna and Maxmuelleria lankesteri in circalittoral mud same
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