EUNIS habitat classification 2017 > M - Marine benthic habitats > MF1 - Lower bathyal rock > MF15 - Mediterranean lower bathyal rock > MF151 - Biocenosis of Mediterranean lower bathyal rock > MF1513 - Mediterranean lower bathyal Madrepora oculata and Lophelia pertusa reefs

Mediterranean lower bathyal Madrepora oculata and Lophelia pertusa reefs

Description (English)

This facies is characterised by the copresence of the two species of deep sea corals Lophelia pertusa and Madrepora oculata. The dead parts that are not under mud are very much colonised by bryozoans, brachiopods and serpulid polychaetes, and constitute centers of diversity for the sessile fauna of the continental slope.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code MF1513
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
Invertebrates Madrepora oculata
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Lophelia pertusa Invertebrates
Madrepora oculata 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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