Description of biotope or habitat type
Oligochaetes in variable salinity littoral mobile sand
Physical habitat description
|Salinity||Variable (18-35 ppt)|
|Wave exposure||Extremely sheltered|
|Tidal streams||Weak (>1 kn)|
|Substratum||Pebble, gravel, sand|
|Depth Band||Lower shore, Mid shore, Upper shore|
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Point data based on records in the UK Marine Recorder Snapshot.
A species-poor community of oligochaetes occurring in estuarine conditions where sands and gravel are associated with the lower shore river channel in estuaries. The sediment is relatively coarse and mobile due to strong river flow and subject to variable salinity. There is usually very little mud in the sediment. Oligochaetes, including enchytraeid oligochaetes, constitute the infaunal assemblage. Nemerteans may be present, and nematodes may be frequent.
Ol.VS occurs in channels of very fast flowing river mouths at the bottom of otherwise sheltered estuarine shores. In this situation, biotopes under the MEST and UEST biotope complexes may be present above the river channel. Tal may be found on the upper shore where driftlines of decomposing seaweed and other debris accumulate.
|Taxon||Relative importance of taxon for defining this community (%)||Typical abundance - SACFOR scale||Typical abundance - (count per m2)||% of core records where taxon was recorded|
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