EUNIS habitat classification 2012 amended 2019 > A - Marine habitats > A5 - Sublittoral sediment > A5.1 - Sublittoral coarse sediment > A5.14 - Circalittoral coarse sediment > A5.143 - Protodorvillea kefersteini and other polychaetes in impoverished circalittoral mixed gravelly sand

Protodorvillea kefersteini and other polychaetes in impoverished circalittoral mixed gravelly sand

English name: Protodorvillea kefersteini and other polychaetes in impoverished circalittoral mixed gravelly sand

Description (English)

In coarse gravelly or shelly sand sometimes with a slight mud content, along open coasts in depths of 10 to 30m, and in shallower offshore areas, an impoverished community characterised by Protodorvillea kefersteini may be found. This biotope has a number of other species associated with it including Nemertea spp., Caulleriella zetlandica, Minuspio cirrifera, Glycera lapidum, Ampelisca spinipes and numerous other polychaete species all occurring at low abundances. The polychaete Sabellaria spinulosa is also found in low numbers in this biotope
Situation: This biotope has been reported in the North Sea along the Norfolk/Lincolnshire coast located in and around marine aggregate dredging areas (IECS, 1999).
Temporal variation: This biotope may be quite variable both spatially and temporally in terms community structure and also sediment type which is often borderline between A5.1 & subunits and A5.4 and subunits.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code A5.143
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 Ampelisca spinipes
Invertebrates Glycera lapidum
Invertebrates Protodorvillea kefersteini
Invertebrates Sabellaria spinulosa
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Ampelisca spinipes Invertebrates
Glycera lapidum Invertebrates
Protodorvillea kefersteini Invertebrates
Sabellaria spinulosa Invertebrates

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
Marine Habitat Classification Britain/Ireland 0405 SS.SCS.CCS.Pkef <I>Protodorvillea kefersteini</I> and other polychaetes in impoverished circalittoral mixed gravelly sand 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 A5.133 Protodorvillea kefersteini and other polychaetes in impoverished circalittoral mixed gravelly sand same
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