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Marine Habitat Classification


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   LR.HLR.MusB.Sem.LitX  Semibalanus balanoides and Littorina spp. on exposed to moderately exposed eulittoral boulders and cobbles

Large patches of boulders, cobbles and pebbles in the eulittoral zone on exposed to moderately exposed shores colonised by the barnacle Semibalanus balanoides and, on larger rocks, the limpet Patella vulgata. The winkles Littorina littorea and Littorina saxatilis and the whelk Nucella lapillus are typically found in high numbers on and around cobbles and smaller boulders, while the anemone Actinia equina occurs in damp areas between and underneath larger boulders. Between the cobbles and pebbles, the mussel Mytilus edulis occasionally occurs, but always at low abundance, as do the crab Carcinus maenas and gammarid amphipods. Ephemeral green seaweeds such as Ulva intestinalis may cover cobbles and boulders. The foliose red seaweeds Chondrus crispus, Mastocarpus stellatus and Osmundea pinnatifida as well as the wrack Fucus vesiculosus may also occur in low abundance on cobbles and boulders. The top shells Steromphala cineraria and Steromphala umbilicalis can, on more sheltered shores, be found among the seaweeds or underneath the boulders. The barnacle Austrominius modestus is present on some shores.
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