Biodiversity & Conservation

Zostera noltii beds in upper to mid shore muddy sand



Image Mark Davies - A bed of Zostera noltii with Hydrobia ulvae visible on the mud surface. Image width ca 40 cm.
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LS.LMp.LSgr.Znol 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 LS Littoral sediment
Habitat complex LS.LMp Littoral macrophyte-dominated sediment
Biotope complex LS.LMp.LSgr Seagrass beds on littoral sediments
Biotope LS.LMp.LSgr.Znol Zostera noltii beds in littoral muddy sand

Additional information icon Additional information

European Union Natural Information System (EUNIS): A2.71/B-LMS.Zos.Znol. Zostera noltii beds in upper to mid shore muddy sand (Davies & Moss, 1998).
Wadden Sea classification: 05.02.01 (von Nordheim et al., 1996). Intertidal seagrass beds. France (ZNIEFF-MER): II.3.3. Herbiers de Zostera marina, Zostera noltii (= Z. nana pro parte) du mediolittoral inferieur. France (ZNIEFF-MER): III.3.7. Biocenose des sables vaseux superficiels de mode calme (SVMC) (Dauvin et al., 1994).

This review can be cited as follows:

Tyler-Walters, H. & Wilding, C.M. 2008. Zostera noltii beds in upper to mid shore muddy sand. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 29/11/2015]. Available from: <>