Circalittoral fine mud

English name: Circalittoral fine mud

Description (English)

Sublittoral muds, occurring below moderate depths of 15-20 m, either on the open coast or in marine inlets such as sealochs. The seapens Virgularia mirabilis and Pennatula phosphorea are characteristic of this habitat type together with the burrowing anemone Cerianthus lloydii and the ophiuroid Amphiura spp. The relatively stable conditions often lead to the establishment of communities of burrowing megafaunal species, such as Nephrops norvegicus.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code A5.36
Bern Convention Included in a Resolution 4 habitat type at a higher level (A5)

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Species mentioned in habitat description

Invertebrates Nephrops norvegicus
Invertebrates Pennatula phosphorea
Invertebrates Virgularia mirabilis
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Nephrops norvegicus Invertebrates
Pennatula phosphorea Invertebrates
Virgularia mirabilis Invertebrates

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
Marine Habitat Classification Britain/Ireland 0405 SS.SMu.CFiMu Circalittoral fine mud source
CORINE Land Cover 5.2.3. Sea and ocean n/a
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 A5.36 Circalittoral fine mud same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 A4.36 Animal communities of circalittoral muds wider
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 A4.36 Animal communities of circalittoral muds wider
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 A4.36 Animal communities of circalittoral muds wider
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