Mixed coral assemblage on Atlantic lower bathyal

Description (English)

This biotope is found on mostly dead Solenosmilia variabilis framework and is characterised by dense growths of corals of many difference species including Isididae, Anthomastus grandiflorus, zoanthids, Antipathes sp.,Leiopathes sp., Stichopathes sp. and gorgonians. It is associated with steep topography on radial ridges and parasitic cones. These mixed coral assemblages appear to provide a suitable habitat for a diverse range of fish including the false boarfish Neocyttus helgae, Lepidion eques, and orange roughy Hoplostethus atlanticus.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code MF2212
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

Fishes Hoplostethus atlanticus
Fishes Lepidion eques
Fishes Neocyttus helgae
Invertebrates Anthomastus grandiflorus
Invertebrates Solenosmilia variabilis
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Hoplostethus atlanticus Fishes
Lepidion eques North Atlantic codling Fishes
Neocyttus helgae Fishes
Anthomastus grandiflorus Invertebrates
Solenosmilia variabilis Invertebrates

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 2007 (revised descriptions 2012) A6.6 Deep-sea bioherms narrower
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type Comment
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 A6.6 Deep-sea bioherms same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 A5.6 Deep-sea bioherms same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 A5.6 Deep-sea bioherms same
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