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Marine Habitat Classification


Description of biotope or habitat type

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   Erect coral field on Atlantic lower bathyal mud


Habitat (physical) description

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

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Distribution of habitat M.AtLB.Mu.EreCor Erect coral field on Atlantic lower 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

Dense aggregations of erect soft corals occuring on fine sediments. The species composition will vary with depth and location. This broad community is functionally similar to sea pen fields.

Situation

No situation data available.

Temporal variation

No temporal variation data available.

Characterising Species

Characterising species data not applicable.

Similar biotopes

M.AtMB.Mu.EreCor
The same epifaunal broad community occuring in the mid bathyal. Associated species will differ.


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