Pontic sandy mud with Melinna palmata
The most abundant species is Aricidea claudiae, considered as a species sensitive to disturbance. However the habitat is named after the terebellid worm (Melinna palmata) which ranks second in the abundance but has highest contribution to within-group similarity and is a key structural species. Its dense vertical tubes consolidate the sediment and determine the specific character of the habitat. The Melinna palmata biocenosis is considered a new biocenosis recorded in the mid 1970s along the Rumenian coasts (Gomoiu 1976) but was already known in 1971 in Bulgaria for quite some time (Kalugina-Gitneck, 1975). Bacescu had described this community in 1971 but had included it as a subtype of Mytilus beds.
Source: EUNIS habitat classification
|EUNIS habitat type||code A5.337|