Description of biotope or habitat type
Lobose sponge and stylasterid assemblage on Atlantic upper bathyal rock and other hard substrata
Habitat (physical) description
|Salinity||Full (30-35 ppt)|
|Substratum||Rock and other hard substrata - bedrock and boulders|
|Zone||Atlantic upper bathyal|
|Depth Band||Biotope depth range 300 - 600 m (based on zone); assemblage recorded from 387 - 685 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
This biotope has been found on bedrock and boulders on the shallow flanks of Rockall Bank and is characterised by large yellow lobose sponges and Stylasterid corals. It has only been observed on Rockall Bank most likely due to the shallow depth range over which it occurs; the summits of many of the features are too deep.
No situation data available.
No temporal variation data available.
|Porifera lobose (yellow)|
|Porifera encrusting (pale, yellow and orange)|