Description of biotope or habitat type
Discrete Lophelia pertusa colonies on Atlantic upper bathyal rock and other hard substrata
Physical habitat description
|Salinity||Full (30-35 ppt)|
|Substratum||Rock and other hard substrata - bedrock, boulders and cobbles|
|Zone||Atlantic upper bathyal|
|Depth Band||Biotope depth range 200 - 600 m (based on zone); assemblage recorded from 457 - 960 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 occurs on bedrock, cobbles and boulders and isolated drop stones. Small growths of Lophelia pertusa and often Madrepora occulata are present. Lophelia pertusa reef framework may also be present adjacent to this biotope in areas where it occurs in an elevated position allowing dead coral framework to accumulate below. This biotope is often observed on the edge of escarpment features. The same assemblage is recorded on Atlantic mid bathyal coarse sediment. Characterising species listed refer to all discrete Lophelia pertusa assemblages not just those found associated with the zone and substrate specified in this biotope.
Note: Although Lophelia pertusa (Linnaeus, 1758) is accepted as Desmophyllum pertusum (Linnaeus, 1758) in WoRMS, the molecular evidence is uncertain at present (2021) to grant a change in its taxonomic nomenclature. This will be revised once further evidence becomes available.
No situation data available.
No temporal variation data available.
|Taxon||% of core records where taxon was recorded|
|Porifera encrusting (pale - yellow, white, grey, cream, pink|
|Porifera massive lobose|
|Porifera encrusting (orange)|
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