EUNIS habitat classification 2012 amended 2019 > A - Marine habitats > A5 - Sublittoral sediment > A5.5 - Sublittoral macrophyte-dominated sediment > A5.52 - Kelp and seaweed communities on sublittoral sediment

Kelp and seaweed communities on sublittoral sediment

English name: Kelp and seaweed communities on sublittoral sediment

Description (English)

Shallow sublittoral sediments which support seaweed communities, typically including the kelp Laminaria saccharina, the bootlace weed Chorda filum and various red and brown seaweeds, particularly filamentous types. The generally sheltered nature of these habitats enables the seaweeds to grow on shells and small stones which lie on the sediment surface; some communities develop as loose-lying mats on the sediment surface.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code A5.52
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

Algae Chorda filum
Algae Laminaria saccharina
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Chorda filum Algae
Laminaria saccharina Algae

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
Marine Habitat Classification Britain/Ireland 0405 SS.SMp.KSwSS Kelp and seaweed communities on sublittoral sediment source
CORINE Land Cover 5.2.3. Sea and ocean n/a
Barcelona Convention 199812 III.1.1. Euryhaline and eurythermal biocenosis overlap
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 A5.52 Kelp and seaweed communities on sublittoral sediment same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 A4.41 Kelp and seaweed communities on sublittoral sediment same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 A4.41 Kelp and seaweeds on shallow-water mixed sediments same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 A4.41 Kelp and seaweeds on shallow-water mixed sediments same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 A4.41 Seaweeds on mixed infralittoral sediments same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199712 A4.41 Seaweeds and maerl on mixed infralittoral sediments same
MNCR BioMar 97.06 (Britain & Ireland) IMX.KSwMx Laminaria saccharina (sugar kelp) and filamentous seaweeds (mixed sediment) same
MNCR BioMar 96.7 (Britain & Ireland) IMX.SwMrlMX   same
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