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   Mixed coral assemblage on Atlantic mid bathyal Lophelia pertusa reef framework (biogenic structure)


Habitat (physical) description

Salinity Full (30-35 ppt)
Wave exposure
Tidal streams
Substratum Rock and other hard substrata - Lophelia pertusa coral framework
Zone Atlantic mid bathyal
Depth Band Biotope depth range 600 - 1300 m (based on zone); assemblage recorded from 458 - 1183 m; most common depth 865 m
Other Features

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Distribution of habitat M.AtMB.Bi.CorRee.LopFra Mixed coral assemblage on Atlantic mid bathyal <i>Lophelia pertusa</i> reef framework  (biogenic structure)

  • 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 represents the extensive, mostly dead, framework of Lophelia pertusa that support a high diversity of species including various other corals such as Caryophylliidae, Stichopathes gravieri, Antipathella, Acanthogorgia armarta and Leiopathes. Other conspicuous taxa include anemone Phelliactis and encrusting sponges. This may be found associated with Lophelia pertusa reef summit or may form beneath escarpments where live colonies of Lophelia pertusa grow but subsequently break off and form a rubble framework. The same assemblage is found in the upper bathyal but associated species are likely to vary. Characterising species listed refer to all mixed coral on Lophelia reef framework 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
Caryophylliidae
cf Antipathella
Cidaris
Decapoda
Madrepora oculata
Munida
Acanthogorgia armarta
Leiopathes
Porifera encrusting (pale - yellow, white, grey, cream, pink
Serpulidae
Porifera encrusting (blue)
Lophelia pertusa
Porifera encrusting (orange)
Majidae
Actiniaria
Ophiuroidea
Phelliactis
Cerianthidae
Ascidiacea
Stichopathes cf gravieri
Actiniaria sp 16

Similar biotopes

M.AtLB.Bi.CorRee.SolFra
Deeper assemblage in the lower bathyal where mixed corals occur on Solenosmilia variabilis framework.

M.AtUB.Bi.CorRee.LopFra
The same epifaunal assemblage in the upper bathyal. Associated fauna may differ.

M.AtUB.Bi.CorRee.LopPer
Live Lophelia pertusareef in the upper bathyal.

Photos

M.AtMB.Bi.CorRee.LopFra Mixed coral assemblage on Atlantic mid bathyal Lophelia pertusa reef framework  (biogenic structure), Hatton Bank. ANON © MSS/JNCC/University of Plymouth
M.AtMB.Bi.CorRee.LopFra Mixed coral assemblage on Atlantic mid bathyal Lophelia pertusa reef framework (biogenic structure), Hatton Bank. ANON © MSS/JNCC/University of Plymouth
M.AtMB.Bi.CorRee.LopFra Mixed coral assemblage on Atlantic mid bathyal Lophelia pertusa reef framework  (biogenic structure), North east Rockall. ANON © JNCC/University of Plymouth
M.AtMB.Bi.CorRee.LopFra Mixed coral assemblage on Atlantic mid bathyal Lophelia pertusa reef framework (biogenic structure), North east Rockall. ANON © JNCC/University of Plymouth

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