Description of biotope or habitat type
Sparse encrusting community on Atlantic upper bathyal coarse sediment
Habitat (physical) description
|Salinity||Full (30-35 ppt)|
|Zone||Atlantic upper bathyal|
|Depth Band||200 - 600 m|
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- 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
This broad community includes all biotopes that are characterised by encrusting species including deep-sea sponges, serpulid worms, cup corals and Anoniimid bivalves. Associated species can include squat lobsters, holothurians and ophiuroids. This community is widespread and occurs on coarse sediment and rock where erect coral species are absent. The species composition of the biotopes belonging to this broad community will vary with depth and location, and associated species will vary with sediment type. In the Atlantic upper bathyal this community can be found associated with Lophelia coral rubble.
No situation data available.
No temporal variation data available.
Characterising species data not applicable.