EUNIS habitat classification 2017 > M - Marine benthic habitats > ME5 - Upper Bathyal sand > ME52 - Atlantic upper bathyal sand > ME521 - Sparse communities on Atlantic upper bathyal sand > ME5211 - Leptometra celtica assemblage on Atlantic upper bathyal sand

Leptometra celtica assemblage on Atlantic upper bathyal sand

Description (English)

This biotope consists of dense aggregations of the crinoid Leptometra celtica on sand in the upper bathyal. It occurs at the shelf edge and in the heads of canyons. It is likely that the fast currents associated with the heads of canyon systems provide a favourable habitat for suspension feeding organisms such as crinoids. The same assemblage has been recorded in the mid bathyal on various substrate types but any associated species are likely to differ. Characterising species listed refer to all Leptometra celtica 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 ME5211

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Species mentioned in habitat description

Not available

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 2007 (revised descriptions 2012) A6.3 Deep-sea sand narrower
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type Comment
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 A6.3 Deep-sea sand same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 A5.3 Deep-sea sand same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 A5.3 Deep-sea sand substrates same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 A5.3 Bathyal zone sand same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 A5.2 Bathyal zone sand (continental slope floor) same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 199905 11.211 Bathyal benthic communities wider
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1997 11.211 Bathyal benthic communities wider
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1996 11.211   wider
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1993 11.211   wider
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