EUNIS habitat classification 2012 amended 2019 > A - Marine habitats > A5 - Sublittoral sediment > A5.2 - Sublittoral sand > A5.25 - Circalittoral fine sand > A5.251 - Echinocyamus pusillus, Ophelia borealis and Abra prismatica in circalittoral fine sand

Echinocyamus pusillus, Ophelia borealis and Abra prismatica in circalittoral fine sand

English name: Echinocyamus pusillus, Ophelia borealis and Abra prismatica in circalittoral fine sand

Description (English)

Circalittoral and offshore medium to fine sand (from 40m to 140m) characterised by the pea urchin Echinocyamus pusillus, the polychaete Ophelia borealis and the bivalve Abra prismatica. Other species may include the polychaetes Spiophanes bombyx, Pholoe sp., Exogone spp., Sphaerosyllis bulbosa, Goniada maculata, Chaetozone setosa, Owenia fusiformis, Glycera lapidum, Lumbrineris latreilli and Aricidea cerrutii and the bivalves Thracia phaseolina and Moerella pygmaea and to a lesser extent Spisula elliptica and Timoclea ovata. This biotope has been found in the central and northern North Sea.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code A5.251
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 Abra prismatica
Invertebrates Aricidea cerrutii
Invertebrates Chaetozone setosa
Invertebrates Echinocyamus pusillus
Invertebrates Glycera lapidum
Invertebrates Goniada maculata
Invertebrates Lumbrineris latreilli
Invertebrates Ophelia borealis
Invertebrates Owenia fusiformis
Invertebrates Sphaerosyllis bulbosa
Invertebrates Spiophanes bombyx
Invertebrates Spisula elliptica
Invertebrates Timoclea ovata
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Abra prismatica Invertebrates
Aricidea cerrutii Invertebrates
Chaetozone setosa Invertebrates
Echinocyamus pusillus Invertebrates
Glycera lapidum Invertebrates
Goniada maculata Invertebrates
Lumbrineris latreilli Invertebrates
Ophelia borealis Invertebrates
Owenia fusiformis Invertebrates
Sphaerosyllis bulbosa Invertebrates
Spiophanes bombyx Invertebrates
Spisula elliptica Invertebrates
Timoclea ovata Invertebrates

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
Marine Habitat Classification Britain/Ireland 0405 SS.SSa.CFiSa.EpusOborApri <I>Echinocyamus pusillus</I>, <I>Ophelia borealis</I> and <I>Abra prismatica</I> in circalittoral fine 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 A5.251 Echinocyamus pusillus, Ophelia borealis and Abra prismatica in circalittoral fine sand same
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