Biodiversity & Conservation

Capitella capitata in enriched sublittoral muddy sediments


<i>%Capitella capitata%</i> in enriched sublittoral muddy sediments
Distribution map

SS.SMu.ISaMu.Cap recorded (dark blue bullet) and expected (light blue bullet) distribution in Britain and Ireland (see below)

  • EC_Habitats

Marine natural heritage importance

Listed under EC Habitats Directive
National importance Not available
Habitat Directive feature (Annex 1) Sandbanks which are slightly covered by sea water all the time
Large shallow inlets and bays

Biotope importance

The biotope is not especially important for other species. Where the biotope is present, most other species are absent because they are unable to tolerate the high nutrient and low oxygen conditions favoured by Capitella capitata. However, the high density of worms may provide rich pickings for fish in some habitats.


Capitella capitata has no commercial value and so is unlikely to be subject to exploitation.

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This review can be cited as follows:

Hill, J. & Bilewitch, J. 2009. Capitella capitata in enriched sublittoral muddy sediments. 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: <>