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Marine Habitat Classification


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   Deep sponge aggregation on Atlanto-Arctic upper bathyal mixed sediment


Habitat (physical) description

Salinity Full (30-35 ppt)
Wave exposure
Tidal streams
Substratum Mixed sediment
Zone Atlanto-Arctic upper bathyal
Depth Band 300 - 600 m
Other Features

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Distribution of habitat M.AAUB.Mx.DeeSpo Deep sponge aggregation on Atlanto-Arctic upper bathyal mixed sediment

  • 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 Geodia species with other massive forms are typical of Atlanto-Arctic upper bathyal coarse or mixed sediment. Associated species are likely to differ on different sediment types.

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 Atlantic lower bathyal on mud. Different sponges are present and associated species will differ.

M.AtMB.Mu.DeeSpo
The same epifaunal broad community occuring in the Atlantic mid bathyal on mud. Different sponges are present and associated species will differ.

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

M.AAUB.Co.DeeSpo
The same epifaunal broad community occuring on coarse sediment. There may be some differences in species composition and associated infauna may differ.


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