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 > ME1231 - Discrete Lophelia pertusa colonies on Atlantic upper bathyal rock

Discrete Lophelia pertusa colonies on Atlantic upper bathyal rock

Description (English)

This biotope occurs on bedrock, cobbles and boulders and isolated drop stones. Small growths of Lophelia pertusa and often Madrepora occulata are present. Lophelia pertusa reef framework may also be present adjacent to this biotope in areas where it occurs in an elevated position allowing dead coral framework to accumulate below. This biotope is often observed on the edge of escarpment features. The same assemblage is recorded on Atlantic mid bathyal coarse sediment. Characterising species listed refer to all discrete Lophelia pertusa assemblages not just those found associated with the zone and substrate specified in this biotope.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code ME1231
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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