Description of biotope or habitat type
Fucus ceranoides and Enteromorpha spp. on low salinity infralittoral rock
Physical habitat description
|Salinity||Reduced (18-30ppt), Low (<18ppt)|
|Wave exposure||Extremely sheltered|
|Tidal streams||Very weak (negligible)|
|Substratum||Bedrock; boulders, cobbles and mixed sediment|
|Depth Band||0-5 m|
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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
Permanently submerged lagoon fringes with dense communities of the wrack Fucus ceranoides and the green seaweed Enteromorpha spp. There is typically a very limited associated biota due to low salinity conditions, and may include the opossum shrimps Mysidae and the freshwater/brackish gastropod Potamopyrgus antipodarum.
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|Taxon||Relative importance of taxon for defining this community (%)||Typical abundance - SACFOR scale||% of core records where taxon was recorded|
|Potamopyrgus antipodarum||4||Common||21-40 %|
|Fucus ceranoides||67||Common||81-100 %|
|Enteromorpha intestinalis||7||Common||21-40 %|
Similar biotopes or habitat types
Not applicable or unknown.