Description of biotope or habitat type
Syringammina fragilissima field on Atlantic lower bathyal mud
Physical habitat description
|Full (30-35 ppt)
|Atlantic lower bathyal
|Biotope depth range 1300 - 2100 m (based on zone); assemblage recorded from 843 - 1920 m; most common depths 1042 - 1375 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
Assemblage characterised by dense aggregations of the xenophyophore Syringammina fragilissima on mud substrate. Associated species will vary with depth but may include squat lobsters (Munida), Ophiuroids, Majid crabs, pale encrusting sponges (yellow, white, grey, cream, pink) and sediment dwelling anemones. The same epifaunal community is also found in the mid bathyal and on other sediments but associated infauna are likely to differ. Characterising species listed refer to all Syringammina fragilissima assemblages not just those found associated with the zone and substrate specified in this biotope.
No situation data available.
No temporal variation data available.
|% of core records where taxon was recorded
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