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   Gracilechinus acutus norvegicus assemblage on Atlantic mid bathyal mud


Habitat (physical) description

Salinity Full (30-35 ppt)
Wave exposure
Tidal streams
Substratum Mud
Zone Atlantic mid bathyal
Depth Band Biotope depth range 600 - 1300 m (based on zone); assemblage recorded from 150 - 1400 m
Other Features

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Distribution of habitat M.AtMB.Mu.UrcCom.GraAcu <i>Gracilechinus acutus norvegicus</i> assemblage on Atlantic mid bathyal mud

  • 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

This biotope consists of aggregations of Gracilechinus acutus norvegicus (previously Echinus acutus norvegicus) on mud substrate. 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. The same epifaunal assemblage is also found on sand and in the lower bathyal but associated infauna are likely to differ. Characterising species listed refer to all Gracilechinus acutus norvegicus assemblages not just those found associated with the zone and substrate specified in this biotope.

Situation

No situation data available.

Temporal variation

No temporal variation data available.

Characterising Species

Taxon
Gracilechinus acutus
Laetmogone violacea
Benthogone rosea
Spatangus raschi
Nematocarcinus ensifer
Pontophilus norvegicus
Geryon trispinosus
Nephropsis atlantica
Ophiocten gracilis
Calveriosoma hystrix
Bathyplotes natans

Similar biotopes

M.AtLB.Mu.UrcCom.GraAcu
The same epifaunal assemblage in the lower bathyal on mud. Associated infauna are likely to differ.

M.AtLB.Sa.UrcCom.GraAcu
The same epifaunal assemblage in the lower bathyal on sand. Associated infauna are likely to differ.

M.AtMB.Sa.UrcCom.GraAcu
The same epifaunal assemblage on sand. Associated infauna are likely to differ.

M.AtUB.Sa.UrcCom.GraAcu
The same epifaunal assemblage in the upper bathyal on sand. Associated infauna are likely to differ.

M.AtLB.Mu.UrcCom.GraAle
Assemblage occurs in the lower bathyal. The dominant urchin species is Gracilechinus alexandri.

M.AtUA.Mu.UrcCom.GraAle
Assemblage occurs in the upper abyssal. The dominant urchin species is Gracilechinus alexandri.


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