Description of biotope or habitat type
Geodia and other massive sponges on Atlanto-Arctic upper bathyal coarse sediment
Physical habitat description
|Salinity||Full (30-35 ppt)|
|Zone||Atlanto-Arctic upper bathyal|
|Depth Band||Biotope depth range 300 - 600 m (based on zone); assemblage recorded from 400 - 600 m; most common depth 500 m|
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- Predicted extent of the level 3 (for sublittoral rock & deep sea) or 4 (for sublittoral sediment) habitat
This biotope has been found at approximately 500m on the eastern slopes of the Faroe-Shetland Channel. It principally consists of rather small sponge specimens that practically carpet the seafloor. Large sponges (tens of centimetres in diameter) are however common. The area where the community is observed experiences temperature fluctuations between <0°C to >8°C and heightend current speeds as a result of internal tides between Arctic and Atlantic environmental data. This assemblage is also known as Boreal Ostur. The same assemblage was recorded on mixed sediment, but associated infaunal species are likely to differ. Characterising species listed refer to all Geodia and other massive sponge assemblages not just those found associated with the zone and substrate specified in this biotope.
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