EUNIS habitat classification 2012 amended 2019 > A - Marine habitats > A5 - Sublittoral sediment > A5.3 - Sublittoral mud > A5.34 - Infralittoral fine mud > A5.341 - Cerastoderma edule with Abra nitida in infralittoral mud

Cerastoderma edule with Abra nitida in infralittoral mud

English name: Cerastoderma edule with Abra nitida in infralittoral mud

Description (English)

Sheltered shallow sublittoral muds and gravelly muds in marine embayments, inlets or harbours may contain populations of the edible cockle Cerastoderma edule with Abra nitida. Other taxa may include the gastropod Hydrobia ulvae, cirraltulid polychaetes such as Caulleriella spp. and other polychaetes including Hediste diversicolor and Aphelochaeta marioni. Available data for this biotope are limited to parts of Southampton Water, Chichester Harbour and also in the Wash. The species list given here may therefore be far from complete. It is not known at this stage whether this biotope is a sublittoral extension of intertidal cockle beds (e.g. A2.242) or whether it exists independently of intertidal populations of C. edule.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code A5.341
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 nitida
Invertebrates Aphelochaeta marioni
Invertebrates Cerastoderma edule
Invertebrates Hydrobia ulvae
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Abra nitida Invertebrates
Aphelochaeta marioni Invertebrates
Cerastoderma edule Invertebrates
Hydrobia ulvae Invertebrates

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
Marine Habitat Classification Britain/Ireland 0405 SS.SMu.IFiMu.CerAnit <I>Cerastoderma edule</I> with <I>Abra nitida</I> in infralittoral 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 A5.341 Cerastoderma edule with Abra nitida in infralittoral mud same
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