Description of biotope or habitat type
Sublittoral cohesive mud and sandy mud communities
Physical habitat description
|Salinity||Full (30-35 ppt), Reduced (18-30ppt), Variable (18-35 ppt)|
|Wave exposure||Moderately exposed, Sheltered, Very sheltered, Extremely sheltered|
|Tidal streams||Moderately strong (1-3 kn), Weak (>1 kn), Very weak (negligible)|
|Substratum||Mud and sandy mud.|
|Depth Band||0-5 m, 5-10 m, 10-20 m, 20-30 m|
|Derived using data from||Various|
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- Predicted extent of the level 3 (for sublittoral rock & deep sea) or 4 (for sublittoral sediment) habitat
Sublittoral mud and cohesive sandy mud extending from the extreme lower shore to offshore, circalittoral habitats. This biotope is predominantly found in sheltered harbours, sea lochs, bays, marine inlets and estuaries and stable deeper/offshore areas where the reduced influence of wave action and/or tidal streams allow fine sediments to settle. Such habitats are often dominated by polychaetes and echinoderms, in particular brittlestars such as Amphiura spp. seapens such as Virgularia mirabilis and burrowing megafauna including Nephrops norvegicus are common in deeper muds. Estuarine muds tend to be characterised by infaunal polychaetes and oligochaetes.
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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
|Classification version||Code||Habitat name|
|2015 (15.03)||SS.SMu||Sublittoral cohesive mud and sandy mud communities|
|2004 (04.05)||SS.SMu||Sublittoral cohesive mud and sandy mud communities|
|1997 (97.06)||SS.CMU (part)||Circalittoral muddy sands|
|1997 (97.06)||SS.IMU (part)||Infralittoral muddy sands|