Description of biotope or habitat type
Psolus squamatus and encrusting sponge assemblage on Atlantic mid bathyal rock and other hard substrata
Physical habitat description
|Salinity||Full (30-35 ppt)|
|Substratum||Rock and other hard substrata - cobble, boulder and bedrock|
|Zone||Atlantic mid bathyal|
|Depth Band||Biotope depth range 600 - 1300 m (based on zone); assemblage recorded from 500 - 1878 m; median 1198 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 assemblage occurs on cobble, boulder and bedrock areas with the holothurian Psolus being the most conspicuous faunal compenent and lamellate sponges also being present. A range of encrusting species are also present and are like to vary with depth and location. This assemblage also occurs in the upper bathyal. It is likely this biotope represents more than one assemblage but data are not sufficent to separate them. Characterising species listed refer to all Psolus squamatus and encrusting sponge 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 (pale - yellow, white, grey, cream, pink|
|Porifera encrusting (green)|
|Porifera massive globose|
|Porifera encrusting (orange)|
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