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Marine Habitat Classification


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   Deep sponge aggregation on Atlantic mid bathyal mud


Habitat (physical) description

Salinity Full (30-35 ppt)
Wave exposure
Tidal streams
Substratum Mud
Zone Atlantic mid bathyal
Depth Band 600 - 1300 m
Other Features

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Distribution of habitat M.AtMB.Mu.DeeSpo Deep sponge aggregation on Atlantic mid bathyal mud

  • 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 contains assemblages where sponges dominate sediment habitats. Sponges can be of all morphotypes except encrusting. Aggregations of the glass sponge Pheronema carpenteri have been recorded on Atlantic mid to lower bathyal mud. Associated species are likely to differ with depth.

Situation

No situation data available.

Temporal variation

No temporal variation data available.

Characterising Species

Characterising species data not applicable.

Similar biotopes

M.AtLB.Mu.DeeSpo
The same epifaunal broad community occuring in the lower bathyal. Associated species will differ.

M.AtUB.Ro.DeeSpo
The same epifaunal broad community occuring in the upper bathyal on rock. Different sponges are present and associated species will differ.

M.AAUB.Co.DeeSpo
The same epifaunal broad community occuring on Atlanto-Arctic upper bathyal coarse sediment. Different sponges are present and associated species will differ.

M.AAUB.Mx.DeeSpo
The same epifaunal broad community occuring on Atlanto-Arctic upper bathyal mixed sediment. Different sponges are present and associated species will differ.


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