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Marine Habitat Classification


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   SS.SMx.CMx.ClloMx.Nem  Cerianthus lloydii with Nemertesia spp. and other hydroids in circalittoral muddy mixed sediment

In sheltered muddy sandy gravel with appreciable quantities of surficial cobbles, pebbles and shells a community similar to SS.SMx.CMx.ClloMx may develop with frequent Cerianthus lloydii and other burrowing anemones. However, the pebbles and cobbles embedded in the sediment are colonised by hydroids and, in particular, Nemertesia antennina and N. ramosa. Other hydroids may include Kirchenpaueria pinnata and Halecium halecinum whilst ascidians such as Ascidiella aspersa or Corella parallelogramma may also be present locally. Pecten maximus and Spirobranchus triqueter may also be frequent in certain areas.

   SS.SMx.CMx.ClloMx  Cerianthus lloydii and other burrowing anemones in circalittoral muddy mixed sediment

Circalittoral plains of sandy muddy gravel may be characterised by burrowing anemones such as Cerianthus lloydii. Other burrowing anemones such as Cereus pedunculatus, Mesacmaea mitchellii and Aureliania heterocera may be locally abundant. Relatively few conspicuous species are found in any great number in this biotope but typically they include ubiquitous epifauna such as Asterias rubens, Pagurus bernhardus and Liocarcinus depurator with occasional terebellid polychaetes such as Lanice conchilega and also the clam Pecten maximus. Ophiura albida may be frequent in some areas, and where surface shell or stones are present ascidians such as Ascidiella aspersa may occur in low numbers.
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