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Sublittoral polychaete worm reefs on sediment

English name: Sublittoral polychaete worm reefs on sediment

Description (English)

Sublittoral reefs of polychaete worms in mixed sediments found in a variety of hydrographic conditions. Such habitats may range from extensive structures of considerable size to loose agglomerations of tubes. Such communities often play an important role in the structural composition or stability of the seabed and provide a wide range of niches for other species to inhabit. Consequently polychaete worm reefs often support a diverse flora and fauna.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code A5.61
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

Not available

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
Marine Habitat Classification Britain/Ireland 0405 SS.SBR.PoR Polychaete worm reefs (on sublittoral sediment) source
CORINE Land Cover 5.2.3. Sea and ocean n/a
Biodiversity Action Plan Priority Habitats (UK) 40 Serpulid reefs wider
Biodiversity Action Plan Priority Habitats (UK) 36 Sabellaria spinulosa reefs wider
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 A5.61 Sublittoral polychaete worm reefs on sediment same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 A4.652 Serpulid reefs on very sheltered circalittoral mixed substrata narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 A4.441 Sabellaria spinulosa and Polydora spp. on stable circalittoral mixed sediment narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 A4.652 Serpulid reefs on very sheltered circalittoral mixed substrata narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 A4.441 Sabellaria spinulosa and Polydora spp. on stable circalittoral mixed sediment narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 A4.491 Sabellaria spinulosa and Polydora spp. on stable circalittoral mixed sediment narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 A4.494 Serpulid reefs on very sheltered circalittoral mixed substrata narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 A4.91 Sabellaria spinulosa and Polydora spp. on stable circalittoral mixed sediment narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 A4.72 Serpulid reefs on very sheltered circalittoral mixed substrata narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199712 A5.33 Serpulid reefs on very sheltered circalittoral mixed substrata same
MNCR BioMar 97.06 (Britain & Ireland) CMX.SspiMx Sabellaria spinulosa and Polydora spp. on stable circalittoral mixed sediment narrower
MNCR BioMar 97.06 (Britain & Ireland) CMS.Ser Serpula vermicularis reefs on very sheltered circalittoral muddy sand narrower
MNCR BioMar 96.7 (Britain & Ireland) SCR.Sver   same
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