BIOTIC Species Information for Aequipecten opercularis
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Distribution and Habitat
Distribution in Britain & IrelandFound on all British and Irish coasts.
Global distributionFound in north-west Europe from Norway to the Shetlands and south to Spain and the Canary Isles and in the Meditteranean off the coasts of Malta and Greece.
Biogeographic rangeTemperate to warm temperate. Depth rangeFound down to 100 m depth.
MigratoryNon-migratory / Resident   
Distribution Additional Information

Substratum preferencesGravel / shingle
Coarse clean sand
Fine clean sand
Muddy sand
Gravelley sand
Physiographic preferencesOpen coast
Offshore seabed
Strait / sound
Sealoch
Ria / Voe
Estuary
Enclosed coast / Embayment
Biological zoneLower Eulittoral
Sublittoral Fringe
Upper Infralittoral
Lower Infralittoral
Upper Circalittoral
Lower Circalittoral
Wave exposureField unresearched
Tidal stream strength/Water flowField unresearched
SalinityFull (30-40 psu)
Habitat Preferences Additional Information
Distribution References NBN, 2002, Seaward, 1982, Fish & Fish, 1996, Hayward & Ryland, 1995b, Heilmayer et al., 2004, Kamenos et al., 2004, Seaward, 1982, Christensen, 1980,
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