Mediterranean upper bathyal Lophelia pertusa reefs

Description (English)

Facies of the framework-building coral Lophelia pertusa, accompanied by the solitary coral Desmophyllum dianthus, antipatharians (Leiopathes), octocorals (the calcified gorgonacean Corallium rubrum) and yellow corals (Dendrophyllia). Serpulids, cirripeds such as the large barnacle Pachylasma giganteum, bivalves, sponges and gastropods which feed on corals contribute to the richness of these assemblages.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code ME1511
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 Corallium rubrum
Invertebrates Desmophyllum dianthus
Invertebrates Lophelia pertusa
Invertebrates Pachylasma giganteum
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Corallium rubrum Invertebrates
Desmophyllum dianthus Invertebrates
Lophelia pertusa Invertebrates
Pachylasma giganteum Invertebrates

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 2007 (revised descriptions 2012) A6.611 Deep-sea Lophelia pertusa reefs narrower
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type Comment
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 A6.611 Deep-sea Lophelia pertusa reefs same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 A5.611 Lophelia pertusa reefs wider
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 A5.611 Lophelia pertusa reefs same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 A5.131 Lophelia pertusa reefs same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 A5.11 Lophelia pertusa reefs on circalittoral offshore rock same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199712 A5.41 Lophelia beds on circalittoral offshore rock same
MNCR BioMar 97.06 (Britain & Ireland) COR.Lop Lophelia reefs same
MNCR BioMar 96.7 (Britain & Ireland) COR.Lop   same
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