Description of biotope or habitat type
Leptometra celtica 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 180 - 792 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 dense aggregations of the crinoid Leptometra celtica on sand in the mid bathyal. It occurs at the shelf edge and in the heads of canyons. It is likely that the fast currents associated with the heads of canyon systems provide a favourable habitat for suspension feeding organisms such as crinoids. The same assemblage has been recorded in the upper bathyal on various substrate types but any associated species are likely to differ. Characterising species listed refer to all Leptometra celtica assemblages not just those found associated with the zone and substrate specified in this biotope.
No situation data available.
No temporal variation data available.
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