Description of biotope or habitat type
Hygrosoma petersii, Benthothuria funebris and Oneirophanta assemblage on Atlantic upper abyssal mud
Habitat (physical) description
|Salinity||Full (30-35 ppt)|
|Substratum||Mud - pelagic ooze|
|Zone||Atlantic upper abyssal|
|Depth Band||Biotope depth range 2000 - 3000m (based on zone); assemblage recorded from 2900 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 assemblages dominated by holothurians Benthothuria funebris and Oneirophanta with echinoderm Hygrosoma petersii on mud. Gage (1986) describes this assemblage from his deepest station in the southern Rockall Trough at 2900m on pelagic ooze. No other detail are available on this assemblage and it is possible that it may represent a transitional assemblage between the Acanella arbuscula assemblage (found shallower) and the abyssal Psychropotes longicauda and Oneirophanta mutabilis assemblage found deeper. This assemblage has been described based on literature only.
No situation data available.
No temporal variation data available.