Description of biotope or habitat type
Low energy circalittoral rock
Physical habitat description
|Salinity||Full (30-35 ppt), Reduced (18-30ppt)|
|Wave exposure||Sheltered, Very sheltered|
|Tidal streams||Weak (>1 kn), Very weak (negligible)|
|Zone||Circalittoral - lower, Circalittoral - upper|
|Depth Band||5-10 m, 10-20 m, 20-30 m|
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- Predicted extent of the level 3 (for sublittoral rock & deep sea) or 4 (for sublittoral sediment) habitat
This habitat complex occurs on wave-sheltered circalittoral bedrock and boulders subject to mainly weak/very weak tidal streams. The biotopes identified within this habitat complex are often dominated by encrusting red algae, brachiopods (Novocrania anomala) and ascidians (Ciona intestinalis and Ascidia mentula). Two fouling biotopes have also been identified: Aasp has been recorded from disused fishing nets and other artificial substrata, and is characterised by aggregations of Ascidiella aspersa whilst AdigMsen has been recorded from steel wrecks, and is characterised by dense aggregations of Alcyonium digitatum and Metridium senile. The LgAsSp biotope is characteristic of the wave-sheltered conditions found in the Kenmare River on the west coast of Ireland.
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No temporal variation data available.
Characterising species data not applicable.
Similar biotopes or habitat types
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