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Discrete Solenosmilia variabilis colonies on Atlantic lower bathyal rock and other hard substrata
Physical habitat description
|Salinity||Full (30-35 ppt)|
|Substratum||Coarse sediment - coral rubble|
|Zone||Atlantic lower bathyal|
|Depth Band||Biotope depth range 1300 - 2100 m (based on zone); assemblage recorded from 1270 - 1763 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
Point data based on records in the UK Marine Recorder Snapshot. Predicted habitat extent is from UKSeaMap.
This biotope is a deeper variant of discrete Lophelia pertusa colonies where L. pertusa is replaced by S. variabilis occuring on bedrock. The same assemblage was recorded on coarse sediment but associated species are likely to differ. Characterising species listed refer to all discrete Solenosmilia variabilis assemblages not just those found associated with the zone and substrate specified in this biotope.
No situation data available.
No temporal variation data available.
|Taxon||% of core records where taxon was recorded|
Similar biotopes or habitat types
M.AtUB.Co.MixCor.DisLopA shallower assemblage in the upper bathyal on coarse sediment where Lophelia pertusa replaces Solenosmilia variabilis.
M.AtMB.Co.MixCor.DisLopA shallower assemblage in the mid bathyal on coarse sediment where Lophelia pertusa replaces Solenosmilia variabilis.
M.AtUB.Ro.MixCor.DisLopA shallower assemblage in the upper bathyal where Lophelia pertusa replaces Solenosmilia variabilis.
M.AtMB.Ro.MixCor.DisLopA shallower assemblage in the mid bathyal where Lophelia pertusa replaces Solenosmilia variabilis.
M.AtLB.Co.MixCor.DisSolThe same epifaunal assemblage on coarse sediment. Associated species may differ.
M.AtLB.Bi.CorRee.SolVarLive Solenosmilia variabilis forming a reef.