Biodiversity & Conservation

Laminaria digitata and piddocks on sublittoral fringe soft rock



Image David George - View across shore showing extensive kelp beds on chalk. Image width ca 4 m.
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Distribution map

IR.MIR.KR.Ldig.Pid recorded (dark blue bullet) and expected (light blue bullet) distribution in Britain and Ireland (see below)

  • EC_Habitats
  • UK_BAP

Map icon UK and Ireland classification

Major habitat IR Infralittoral rock (and other hard substrata)
Habitat complex IR.MIR Moderately exposed infralittoral rock
Biotope complex IR.MIR.KR
Biotope IR.MIR.KR.Ldig Laminaria digitata on moderately exposed or tide-swept sublittoral fringe rock

Additional information icon Additional information

European Union Nature Information System (EUNIS) classification: A3.2/BMIR.KR Kelp and red seaweeds on moderately exposed infralittoral rock (Davies & Moss, 1998).

This review can be cited as follows:

Hill, J.M. 2008. Laminaria digitata and piddocks on sublittoral fringe soft rock. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 01/12/2015]. Available from: <>