Biodiversity & Conservation

Piddocks with a sparse associated fauna in upward-facing circalittoral very soft chalk or clay

CR.MCR.SfR.Pid


MCR.Pid

Image Roger Covey - Piddocks with a sparse associated fauna in upward-facing circalittoral very soft chalk or clay. Image width ca 30 cm.
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Distribution map

CR.MCR.SfR.Pid 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 Scarce
Habitat Directive feature (Annex 1) Reefs
Large shallow inlets and bays
Estuaries

Biotope importance

Exploitation

It is possible that if the marine aquarium trade continues to develop, species such as Urticina felina may be targeted. Removal of this species from the biotope will probably only cause low sensitivity (through a reduction of diversity) and not have much effect on the viability or function of the biotope itself.

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This review can be cited as follows:

Hill, J.M. 2008. Piddocks with a sparse associated fauna in upward-facing circalittoral very soft chalk or clay. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 01/09/2014]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/habitatimportance.php?habitatid=152&code=2004>