|Basic Information||Biotope classification||Ecology||Habitat preferences and distribution||Species composition||Sensitivity||Importance|
LR.SLR.FX.FserX.T recorded () and expected () distribution in Britain and Ireland (see below)
UK Biodiversity Action Plan
|Habitat Directive feature (Annex 1)||Reefs
Large shallow inlets and bays
Many of the invertebrate species associated with this biotope will be an important food source for shore birds and waders. Mytilus edulis, for example, is an important food source for oystercatchers and herring gulls and the sand mason Lanice conchilega is part of the diet of wading birds. The toothed wrack Fucus serratus and common mussel Mytilus edulis are both harvested commercially but will probably only occur in small patches within this biotope, it is unlikely that they will be targeted for extraction.
However, the eulittoral position of this biotope and the fact that the algae and mussels are unlikely to grow in particularly large patches will mean that they are unlikely to be heavily exploited.
This review can be cited as follows:
Marshall, C.E. 2006. Fucus serratus with sponges, ascidians and red seaweeds on tide-swept lower eulittoral mixed substrata. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 29/08/2014]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/habitatimportance.php?habitatid=221&code=1997>