Biodiversity & Conservation

Lophelia reefs



Image Murray Roberts - Section of Lophelia pertusa reef, Mingulay, Scotland. Image width ca XX cm.
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Distribution map

COR.COR.Lop 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
Lophelia pertusa 81-100 % 0 1 2  A

Map icon UK and Ireland classification

Major habitat COR Circalittoral offshore rock (and other hard substrata)
Habitat complex COR.COR Circalittoral offshore rock
Biotope complex COR.COR.Lop Lophelia reefs

Additional information icon Additional information

European Union Nature Information System (EUNIS) habitat classification: A5.611/B-COR.Lop - Lophelia pertusa reefs (Davies & Moss, 1998).

This review can be cited as follows:

Tyler-Walters, H. 2005. Lophelia reefs. 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: <>