Description of biotope or habitat type
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Mixed cold water coral community on Atlantic upper bathyal rock and other hard substrata
Physical habitat description
|Salinity||Full (30-35 ppt)|
|Substratum||Rock and other hard substrata|
|Zone||Atlantic upper bathyal|
|Depth Band||200 - 600 m|
Download comparative physical and biological data. The comparative tables enable a rapid comparison of the species composition and principal physical characteristics between a given set of biotopes.
- 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.
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. Discrete colonies of Lophelia pertusa occur on Atlantic upper bathyal rock.
Note: Although Lophelia pertusa (Linnaeus, 1758) is accepted as Desmophyllum pertusum (Linnaeus, 1758) in WoRMS, the molecular evidence is uncertain at present (2021) to grant a change in its taxonomic nomenclature. This will be revised once further evidence becomes available.
No situation data available.
No temporal variation data available.
Characterising species data not applicable.
Similar biotopes or habitat types
M.ArMB.Ro.MixCorThe same epifaunal broad community occuring in the Arctic on rock. The species of coral will differ.
M.AtLB.Co.MixCorThe same epifaunal broad community occuring in the lower bathyal on coarse sediment. The species of coral will differ.
M.AtLB.Ro.MixCorThe same epifaunal broad community occuring in the lower bathyal on rock. The species of coral will differ.
M.AtMB.Co.MixCorThe same epifaunal broad community occuring in the mid bathyal on coarse sediment. Associated species will differ.
M.AtMB.Ro.MixCorThe same epifaunal broad community occuring on mid bathyal rock. Associated species will differ.