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Marine Habitat Classification


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   Mixed cold water coral community on Atlantic lower bathyal coarse sediment


Habitat (physical) description

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

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Distribution of habitat M.AtLB.Co.MixCor Mixed cold water coral community on Atlantic lower bathyal coarse 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 those biotopes where corals dominate but do not form a living coral reef. A mixture of different coral types can be present. Associated species are similar to 'sparse encrusting community', including sponges and ophiuroids. On Atlantic lower bathyal coarse sediment discrete colonies of Solenosmilia attach to coral rubble.

Situation

No situation data available.

Temporal variation

No temporal variation data available.

Characterising Species

Characterising species data not applicable.

Similar biotopes

M.ArMB.Ro.MixCor
The same epifaunal broad community occuring on Arctic mid bathyal rock. The species of coral will differ.

M.AtLB.Ro.MixCor
The same epifaunal broad community occuring on rock. Associated species will differ.

M.AtMB.Co.MixCor
The same epifaunal broad community occuring in the mid bathyal. The species of coral will differ.

M.AtMB.Ro.MixCor
The same epifaunal broad community occuring in the mid bathyal on rock. The species of coral will differ.

M.AtUB.Co.MixCor
The same epifaunal broad community occuring in the upper bathyal. The species of coral will differ.

M.AtUB.Ro.MixCor
The same epifaunal broad community occuring in the upper bathyal on rock. The species of coral will differ.


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