Biodiversity & Conservation

Muddy sand shores

LS.LMS.MS


LMS.MS

Image Joint Nature Conservation Committee - View across a cockle strand (biotope LMS.Pcer). Image width foreground ca 10 m.
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Distribution map

LS.LMS.MS recorded (dark blue bullet) and expected (light blue bullet) distribution in Britain and Ireland (see below)


  • EC_Habitats
  • UK_BAP
  • OSPAR

Characterizing species

Species % Frequency Faithfulness Abundance
Anaitides mucosa 1-20 % 0 1 2  P
Nephtys hombergii 21-40 % 0 1  O
Aricidea minuta 1-20 % 0 1  C
Spio filicornis 1-20 % 0 1  P
Arenicola marina 41-60 % 0  C
Bathyporeia pilosa 21-40 % 0 1  C
Bathyporeia sarsi 1-20 % 0 1  C
Corophium arenarium 21-40 % 0 1  C
Cerastoderma edule 41-60 % 0 1  C
Macoma balthica 41-60 % 0 1  C

Map icon UK and Ireland classification

Major habitat LS Littoral sediments
Habitat complex LS.LMS Littoral muddy sands
Biotope complex LS.LMS.MS Muddy sand shores

Additional information icon Additional information

European Nature Information System (EUNIS): A2.2/B-LMS.MS Muddy sand shores. ZNIEFF-MER, France: III.3, Sables fins plus ou moins envases. (Dauvin et al., 1994).
Wadden Sea: 05.01.02, Mixed flats free of vegetation. (Nordheim et al., 1996).

This review can be cited as follows:

Tyler-Walters, H. & Marshall, C. 2006. Muddy sand shores. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 20/04/2014]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/habitatclassification.php?habitatid=21&code=1997>