Biodiversity & Conservation

Lithothamnion glaciale maerl beds in tide-swept variable salinity infralittoral gravel

SS.SMp.Mrl.Lgla


IGS.Lgla

Image Christine Howson - Lithothamnion glaciale nodules amongst pebbles with the sunstar Crossaster papposus, Isle of Lewis. Image width ca 20 cm.
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Distribution map

SS.SMp.Mrl.Lgla recorded (dark blue bullet) and expected (light blue bullet) distribution in Britain and Ireland (see below)


  • EC_Habitats
  • UK_BAP
  • OSPAR

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.SMp Sublittoral macrophyte-dominated communities on sediments
Biotope complex SS.SMp.Mrl Maerl beds
Biotope SS.SMp.Mrl.Lgla Lithothamnion glaciale maerl beds in tide-swept variable salinity infralittoral gravel

Additional information icon Additional information

  • European Union Nature Information System code: A4.1/B-IGS.Mrl.Lgla.
NB: This biotope has not been used to represent any other biotopes.

This review can be cited as follows:

Jackson, A. 2006. Lithothamnion glaciale maerl beds in tide-swept variable salinity infralittoral gravel. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 01/11/2014]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/habitatclassification.php?habitatid=7&code=2004>