|Basic Information||Biotope classification||Ecology||Habitat preferences and distribution||Species composition||Sensitivity||Importance|
Image Dominic Counsell - Aggregation of Ocnus planci on broken shell and cobbles. Image width ca 40 cm.
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SS.IMU.MarMu.Ocn recorded () and expected () distribution in Britain and Ireland (see below)
|Major habitat||SS||Sublittoral sediments|
|Biotope complex||SS.IMU.MarMu||Shallow marine mud communities|
|Biotope||SS.IMU.MarMu.Ocn||Ocnus planci aggregations on sheltered sublittoral muddy sediment|
This biotope is similar to £IMU.PhiVir£ (Philine aperta and Virgularia mirabilis in soft stable infralittoral mud) and in Carlingford Lough occurs where hard substrata (shell debris, cobbles and pebbles) provide attachment for epifauna such as ascidians, sponges and tubeworms and allows aggregations of Ocnus to develop.
This review can be cited as follows:
Tyler-Walters, H. 2002. Ocnus planci aggregations on sheltered sublittoral muddy sediment. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 19/05/2013]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/habitatclassification.php?habitatid=325&code=1997>