Description of biotope or habitat type
Surface dwelling ophiuroid community on Atlantic lower bathyal mixed sediment
Habitat (physical) description
|Salinity||Full (30-35 ppt)|
|Zone||Atlantic lower bathyal|
|Depth Band||1300 - 2100 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 consisting of assemblages characterised by brittle stars (ophiuroids) which lie on the surface of the seabed. They can occur in isolation or be overlain onto other broad communities such as 'sparse encrusting fauna' and 'mixed cold water coral'. It may be necessary to assign this broad community and 'child' biotopes in conjunction with another type. Brittle star beds comprised of Ophiomusium lymani have been recorded on Atlantic lower bathyal mixed sediment.
No situation data available.
No temporal variation data available.
Characterising species data not applicable.