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

SS.SBR.Crl.Lop recorded (dark blue bullet) and expected (light blue bullet) distribution in Britain and Ireland (see below)

  • EC_Habitats
  • UK_BAP

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.SBR Sublittoral biogenic reefs on sediment
Biotope complex SS.SBR.Crl Coral reefs
Biotope SS.SBR.Crl.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 01/12/2015]. Available from: <>