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Gracilechinus acutus norvegicus assemblage on Atlantic mid bathyal sand
Physical habitat description
|Salinity||Full (30-35 ppt)|
|Zone||Atlantic mid bathyal|
|Depth Band||Biotope depth range 600 - 1300 m (based on zone); assemblage recorded from 150 - 1400 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 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 lower 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.
No situation data available.
No temporal variation data available.
|Taxon||% of core records where taxon was recorded|
Similar biotopes or habitat types
M.AtLB.Mu.UrcCom.GraAcuThe same epifaunal assemblage in the lower bathyal on mud. Associated infauna are likely to differ.
M.AtLB.Sa.UrcCom.GraAcuThe same epifaunal assemblage in the lower bathyal on sand. Associated infauna are likely to differ.
M.AtMB.Mu.UrcCom.GraAcuThe same epifaunal assemblage on mud. Associated infauna are likely to differ.
M.AtUB.Sa.UrcCom.GraAcuThe same epifaunal assemblage in the upper bathyal on sand. Associated infauna are likely to differ.
M.AtLB.Mu.UrcCom.GraAleAssemblage occurs in the lower bathyal on mud. The dominant urchin species is Gracilechinus alexandri.