BIOTIC Species Information for Hyale prevostii
Researched byJacqueline Hill Data supplied byMarLIN
Refereed byProf. P. Geoff Moore
Distribution and Habitat
Distribution in Britain & IrelandAll coasts of Britain and Ireland.
Global distributionIn Europe from southwest Iceland, north Norway and the Faeroes to the Mediterranean Sea. On the Atlantic coast of north America from south Labrador and the St Lawrence estuary to Connecticut. May be locally common.
Biogeographic rangeNot researched Depth rangeNot relevant
MigratorySeasonal (environment)   
Distribution Additional InformationHyale prevostii nestles in the damp apertures of live gastropods particularly during neap tides, vacating them at spring tide when the species migrates to higher levels of the shore (Moore, 1977).

Substratum preferencesOther species (see additional information)
Physiographic preferencesOpen coast
Strait / sound
Enclosed coast / Embayment
Biological zoneUpper Eulittoral
Mid Eulittoral
Lower Eulittoral
Wave exposureModerately Exposed
Very Sheltered
Extremely Sheltered
Tidal stream strength/Water flowStrong (3-6 kn)
Moderately Strong (1-3 kn)
Weak (<1 kn)
Very Weak (negligible)
SalinityReduced (18-30 psu)
Variable (18-40 psu)
Full (30-40 psu)
Habitat Preferences Additional Information
Distribution References Lincoln, 1979, Hayward & Ryland, 1995b, Eno et al., 1997, Moore, 1986, Moore, 1977(c),
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