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Marine Habitat Classification


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   LS.LMu.UEst.Hed.Str  Hediste diversicolor and Streblospio shrubsolii in littoral sandy mud

Mud and sandy mud shores in sheltered marine inlets and estuaries subject to variable or reduced salinity. The biotope is typically found on the mid and lower shores and is often associated with shallow layers of cobbles and pebbles in the sediment in the upper and mid estuary. The sediment is anoxic close to the surface and remains water saturated during low tide. The infaunal polychaete community is dominated by dense Hediste diversicolor, as well as species with a limited salinity range tolerance such as Streblospio shrubsolii and Manayunkia aestuarina. Oligochaetes, including Baltidrilus costatus and Tubificoides benedii are often abundant, and the amphipod Corophium volutator is often common.
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