Infralittoral muddy sand

English name: Infralittoral muddy sand

Description (English)

Non-cohesive muddy sand (with 5% to 20% silt/clay) in the infralittoral zone, extending from the extreme lower shore down to more stable circalittoral zone at about 15-20 m. The habitat supports a variety of animal-dominated communities, particularly polychaetes (Magelona mirabilis, Spiophanes bombyx and Chaetozone setosa), bivalves (Fabulina fibula and Chamelea gallina) and the urchin Echinocardium cordatum.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code A5.24
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 Chaetozone setosa
Invertebrates Chamelea gallina
Invertebrates Echinocardium cordatum
Invertebrates Magelona mirabilis
Invertebrates Spiophanes bombyx
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Chaetozone setosa Invertebrates
Chamelea gallina Invertebrates
Echinocardium cordatum Invertebrates
Magelona mirabilis Invertebrates
Spiophanes bombyx Invertebrates

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
Marine Habitat Classification Britain/Ireland 0405 SS.SSa.IMuSa Infralittoral muddy 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 A5.24 Infralittoral muddy sand same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 A4.25 Infralittoral muddy sand same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 A4.25 Animal communities in fully marine shallow-water muddy sands same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 A4.26 Animal communities in fully marine shallow-water muddy sands same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 A4.21 Animal communities in shallow infralittoral muddy sands same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199712 A4.22 Animal communities in shallow infralittoral muddy sands same
MNCR BioMar 97.06 (Britain & Ireland) IMS.FaMS Shallow muddy sand faunal communities same
MNCR BioMar 96.7 (Britain & Ireland) IMS.FaMS   same
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