Biodiversity & Conservation

Pioneer saltmarsh.



Image Steve Morris - LMU.Sm e.g. Salicornia sp. pioneer saltmarsh Image width ca 5 m in foreground.
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Distribution map

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

  • EC_Habitats
  • UK_BAP

Characterizing species

Species % Frequency Faithfulness Abundance
Manayunkia aestuarina 21-40 % 0 1  F
Heterochaeta costata 1-20 % 0 1  A
Pelvetia canaliculata 41-60 % 0 1  C

Map icon UK and Ireland classification

Major habitat LS Littoral sediments
Habitat complex LS.LMU Littoral muds
Biotope complex LS.LMU.Sm Saltmarsh

Additional information icon Additional information

European Nature Information System (EUNIS) Habitat classification code: A2.65 Pioneer saltmarshes (Davies & Moss, 1998).

This review can be cited as follows:

Tyler-Walters, H. 2001. Pioneer saltmarsh.. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 26/11/2015]. Available from: <>