Description of biotope or habitat type
Pale encrusting sponges and serpulids on Atlantic upper bathyal coarse sediment
Physical habitat description
|Salinity||Full (30-35 ppt)|
|Substratum||Coarse sediment - gravel|
|Zone||Atlantic upper bathyal|
|Depth Band||Biotope depth range 200 - 600 m (based on zone); assemblage recorded from 181 - 1882 m; median 865 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 consists of gravel substrates with few visible epifauna only encrusting forms. The same assemblage was recorded in the Atlanto-Arctic and Atlantic mid bathyal zones but associated infaunal species are likely to differ. Characterising species listed refer to all pale encrusting sponge and serpulid 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|
|Porifera encrusting (white)|
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