Biodiversity & Conservation

Zostera marina/angustifolia beds in lower shore or infralittoral clean or muddy sand

SS.SMp.SSgr.Zmar


IMS.Zmar

Image Keith Hiscock - Current swept bed of Zostera marina. Image width ca 2 m in foreground.
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Distribution map

SS.SMp.SSgr.Zmar recorded (dark blue bullet) and expected (light blue bullet) distribution in Britain and Ireland (see below)


  • Berne
  • EC_Habitats
  • UK_BAP
  • OSPAR

For a list of 2004 characterising species please see the JNCC website.

Map icon UK and Ireland classification

Major habitat SS Sublittoral sediment
Habitat complex SS.SMp Sublittoral macrophyte-dominated communities on sediments
Biotope complex SS.SMp.SSgr Sublittoral seagrass beds
Biotope SS.SMp.SSgr.Zmar Zostera marina/angustifolia beds on lower shore or infralittoral clean or muddy sand

Additional information icon Additional information

  • European Union Nature Information System code: A4.5/B-IMS.Sgr.Zmar (Davies & Moss, 1998).
  • Wadden Sea (1996) classification code 03.02.05: Benthic zone of the shallow coastal waters with muddy and sandy bottom, rich in macrophytes (von Nordheim et al., 1996).
  • France (ZNIEFF-MER) classification code II.3.3: Herbiers de Zostera marina, Zostera noltii (=Z. nana pro parte) du mediolittoral inferieur. France (ZNIEFF-MER) classification code III.3.4: Herbiers de Zostera marina (Dauvin et al., 1994).

This review can be cited as follows:

Tyler-Walters, H. & Wilding, C.M. 2008. Zostera marina/angustifolia beds in lower shore or infralittoral clean or muddy sand. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 29/07/2014]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/habitatclassification.php?habitatid=257&code=2004>