Description of biotope or habitat type
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Offshore circalittoral mud
Physical habitat description
|Salinity||Full (30-35 ppt)|
|Tidal streams||Weak (>1 kn), Very weak (negligible)|
|Substratum||Mud and sandy mud.|
|Depth Band||50-100 m, 100-200 m|
|Derived using data from||Various|
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- Records used to define the biotope (core records)
- Other records assigned to this biotope, marked as 'certain'
- Other records assigned to this biotope, marked as 'uncertain'
- Predicted extent of the level 3 (for sublittoral rock & deep sea) or 4 (for sublittoral sediment) habitat
Point data based on records in the UK Marine Recorder Snapshot. Predicted habitat extent is from UKSeaMap.
In mud and cohesive sandy mud in the offshore circalittoral zone, typically below 50-70 m, a variety of faunal communities may develop, depending upon the level of silt/clay and organic matter in the sediment. Communities are typically dominated by polychaetes but often with high numbers of bivalves such as Thyasira spp., echinoderms and foraminifera.
No situation data available.
No temporal data available.
Characterising species data not applicable.
Similar biotopes or habitat types
Not applicable or unknown.
Classification history of this biotope or habitat type
|Classification version||Code||Habitat name|
|2015 (15.03)||SS.SMu.OMu||Offshore circalittoral mud|
|2004 (04.05)||SS.SMu.OMu||Offshore circalittoral mud|
|1997 (97.06)||Part of SS.COS||Circalittoral offshore sediments|