Description of biotope or habitat type
Atlantic lower bathyal live Solenosmilia variabilis reef (biogenic structure)
Physical habitat description
|Salinity||Full (30-35 ppt)|
|Zone||Atlantic lower bathyal|
|Depth Band||Biotope depth range 1300 - 2100 m (based on zone); assemblage recorded from 1198 - 1766 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 biotope is similar to Lophelia pertusa reef, but the dominant scleractinian species is Solenosmilia variabilis. It is generally found deeper than Lophelia pertusa reef in the lower bathyal zone (>1200m). Solenosmilia attaches to any hard substrate present and then grows outwards forming a hard reef structure. Solenosmilia reef is often associated with a range of coral species and a high diversity of other fauna. This biotope refers only to reef framework summits with live Solenosmilia. This biotope will generally be surrounded by dead Solenosmilia reef framework. Solenosmilia reef can be found in a mosaic with other substrate types.
No situation data available.
No temporal variation data available.
|Taxon||% of core records where taxon was recorded|
|Porifera massive lobose|
|Porifera encrusting (pale - yellow, white, grey, cream, pink|
|Porifera encrusting (blue)|
|Porifera encrusting (green)|
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