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   Caryophyllia smithii and Actinauge richardi assemblage on Atlantic upper bathyal coarse sediment


Habitat (physical) description

Salinity Full (30-35 ppt)
Wave exposure
Tidal streams
Substratum Coarse sediment - gravelly sand
Zone Atlantic upper bathyal
Depth Band Biotope depth range 200 - 600 m (based on zone); assemblage recorded from 218 - 286 m
Other Features

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Distribution of habitat M.AtUB.Co.SolScl.CarAct <i>Caryophyllia smithii</i> and <i>Actinauge richardi</i> assemblage on Atlantic 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

Biotope comprising cup coral Caryophyllia smithii and anemone Actinauge richardi attached to small pieces of hard material in the sediment. This assemblage is observed on the shallow parts of Rockall Bank on sand with some gravel / pebble component.

Situation

No situation data available.

Temporal variation

No temporal variation data available.

Characterising Species

Taxon
Munida
Caryophyllia smithii
Caryophyllidae
Ophiactis
Anomiidae
Porifera encrusting (pale)
Actinauge richardi

Similar biotopes

Not applicable or unknown.

Photos

M.AtUB.Co.SolScl.CarAct Caryophyllia smithii and Actinauge richardi assemblage on Atlantic upper bathyal coarse sediment, North east Rockall. ANON © JNCC/University of Plymouth
M.AtUB.Co.SolScl.CarAct Caryophyllia smithii and Actinauge richardi assemblage on Atlantic upper bathyal coarse sediment, North east Rockall. ANON © JNCC/University of Plymouth

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