EUNIS habitat classification 2017 > M - Marine benthic habitats > ME1 - Upper bathyal rock > ME12 - Atlantic upper bathyal rock > ME123 - Mixed cold water coral communities on Atlantic upper bathyal rock

Mixed cold water coral communities on Atlantic upper bathyal rock

Description (English)

This broad community contains those biotopes where corals dominate but do not form a living coral reef. A mixture of different coral types can be present. Associated species are similar to 'sparse encrusting community', including sponges and ophiuroids. Discrete colonies of Lophelia pertusa occur on Atlantic upper bathyal rock.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code ME123
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 Lophelia pertusa
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Lophelia pertusa Invertebrates

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 2007 (revised descriptions 2012) A6.61 Communities of deep-sea corals narrower
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type Comment
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 A6.61 Communities of deep-sea corals same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 A5.63 Communities of deep-sea corals same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 A5.61 Deep-sea bioherm dominated by scleractinian coral framework narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 A5.63 Communities of deep-sea corals same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 A5.13 Biocenosis of deep sea corals same
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