Description of biotope or habitat type
Paramphinome jeffreysii, Thyasira spp. and Amphiura filiformis in offshore circalittoral sandy mud
Physical habitat description
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Deep, offshore cohesive sandy mud communities characterised by the polychaete Paramphinome jeffreysii, bivalves such as Thyasira equalis and T. gouldi and the brittlestar Amphiura filiformis. Other taxa may include Laonice cirrata, the sea cucumber Labidoplax buski and the polychaetes Goniada maculata, Spiophanes kroyeri and Aricidea catherinae. Amphiura chiajei may be occasional in this biotope as may Philine scabra, Levinsenia gracilis and Pholoe inornata. This biotope along with SMU.ThyNten, SMU.AfilMysAnit, SMU.AfilNten and SSA.OfusAfil, may comprise the Amphiura dominated components of the 'off-shore muddy sand association' (Jones 1951; Mackie 1990) and the infralittoral etage described by Glemarec (1973).
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Characterising species data not applicable.
Similar biotopes or habitat types
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Classification history of this biotope or habitat type