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Marine Habitat Classification


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   Sparse encrusting community on Atlanto-Arctic upper bathyal coarse sediment


Habitat (physical) description

Salinity Full (30-35 ppt)
Wave exposure
Tidal streams
Substratum Coarse sediment
Zone Atlanto-Arctic upper bathyal
Depth Band 400 - 600 m
Other Features

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Distribution of habitat M.AAUB.Co.SpaEnc Sparse encrusting community on Atlanto-Arctic upper 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 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.

Situation

No situation data available.

Temporal variation

No temporal variation data available.

Characterising Species

Characterising species data not applicable.

Similar biotopes

M.AtMB.Co.SpaEnc
The same epifaunal broad community occuring in the Atlantic mid bathyal. Associated fauna may differ.

M.AtMB.Ro.SpaEnc
The same epifaunal broad community occuring in the Atlantic mid bathyal on rock. The species composition will differ. Holuthurian Psolus squamatus is present on rock.

M.AtUB.Ro.SpaEnc
The same epifaunal broad community occuring in the Atlantic on rock. The species composition will differ. Holuthurian Psolus squamatus is present on rock.

M.AtUB.Co.SpaEnc
The same epifaunal broad community occuring in the Atlantic. Associated fauna may differ.


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