Description of biotope or habitat type
Gracilechinus acutus norvegicus assemblage on Atlantic lower bathyal sand
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 150 - 1400 m|
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- Predicted extent of the level 3 (for sublittoral rock & deep sea) or 4 (for sublittoral sediment) habitat
This biotope consists of aggregations of Gracilechinus acutus norvegicus (previously Echinus acutus norvegicus) on sand substrate. The same epifaunal assemblage is also found on mud and sand in the upper and mid bathyal but associated infauna are likely to differ. Gage (1986) reports this assemblage from 700-1400m on pelagic ooze and suggests it is present in a ribbon-like distribution around the continental margin of Europe down to about 1400m. Le Danois also describes this assemblage from 150m-500+ but emphasises that shallower than 500m Spatangus raschi dominates and below Gracilechinus acutus norvegicus dominates. Characterising species listed refer to all Gracilechinus acutus norvegicus assemblages not just those found associated with the zone and substrate specified in this biotope.
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No temporal variation data available.
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