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Marine Habitat Classification


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   Burrowing ophiuroid community on Atlantic lower bathyal sand


Habitat (physical) description

Salinity Full (30-35 ppt)
Wave exposure
Tidal streams
Substratum Sand
Zone Atlantic lower bathyal
Depth Band 1300 - 2100 m
Other Features

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Distribution of habitat M.AtLB.Sa.BurOph Burrowing ophiuroid community on Atlantic lower bathyal sand

  • Records used to define the biotope (core records)
  • Other records assigned to this biotope, marked as 'certain'
  • 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

Point data based on records in the UK Marine Recorder Snapshot. Predicted habitat extent is from UKSeaMap.

Description

This broad community consisting of assemblages characterised by brittle stars (ophiuroids) that bury in soft sediments with on the tips of the arms visible at the surface. Species may differ with depth and sediment type but it was not possible to identify to species level using video data available.

Situation

No situation data available.

Temporal variation

No temporal variation data available.

Characterising Species

Characterising species data not applicable.

Similar biotopes

M.AtLB.Mu.BurOph
The same epifaunal broad community occuring on mud. The species of brittle star may differ but this could not be verified using the video data available when biotopes were defined. Associated infauna are likely to differ.

M.AtMB.Mu.BurOph
The same epifaunal broad community occuring in the mid bathyal on mud. The species of brittle star may differ but this could not be verified using the video data available when biotopes were defined. Associated infauna are likely to differ.

M.AtMB.Sa.BurOph
The same epifaunal broad community occuring in the mid bathyal. The species of brittle star may differ but this could not be verified using the video data available when biotopes were defined. Associated infauna are likely to differ.

M.AtUB.Mu.BurOph
The same epifaunal broad community occuring in the upper bathyal on mud. The species of brittle star may differ but this could not be verified using the video data available when biotopes were defined. Associated infauna are likely to differ.

M.AtUB.Sa.BurOph
The same epifaunal broad community occuring in the upper bathyal. The species of brittle star may differ but this could not be verified using the video data available when biotopes were defined. Associated infauna are likely to differ.


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