Description of biotope or habitat type
Levinsenia gracilis and Heteromastus filifirmis in offshore circalittoral mud and sandy mud
Physical habitat description
|Salinity||Full (30-35 ppt)|
|Substratum||Mud and sandy mud.|
|Derived using data from||Day Grab|
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- 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
In deep offshore mud and sandy mud, a community characterised by the polychaetes Levinsenia gracilis and Heteromastus filiformis may occur. Other important taxa may include Paramphinome jeffreysii, Nephtys hystricis and N. incisa, Spiophanes kroyeri, Orbinia norvegica, Terebellides stroemii, Thyasira gouldi and T. equalis. Burrowing megafauna such as Calocaris macandreae may also be found in this biotope. This biotope has been found in the central and northern North Sea. A similar community, dominated by L. gracilis but accompanied by Glycera spp. (particularly Glycera unicornis) and Monticellina dorsobranchialis, has also been reported from the Irish Sea. This Irish community also contains Calocaris macandreae, Mediomastus fragilis, Tubificoides amplivasatus, Nephtys incisa, Ancistrosyllis groenlandica, Nucula sulcata, Litocorsa stremma, and Minuspio sp. It is not known at present whether this represents a separate biotope or whether it is a geographic variant of a wider Levinsenia biotope.
This biotope has been found in the central and northern North Sea and may also occur in the Irish Sea.
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.LevHet||Levinsenia gracilis and Heteromastus filifirmis in offshore circalittoral mud and sandy mud|
|2004 (04.05)||SS.SMu.OMu.LevHet||Levinsenia gracilis and Heteromastus filifirmis in offshore circalittoral mud and sandy mud|