Biodiversity & Conservation

Molgula manhattensis and Polycarpa spp. with erect sponges on tide-swept moderately exposed circalittoral rock

CR.HCR.XFa.Mol


MCR.MolPol

Image Keith Hiscock - Molgula manhattensis dominated seabed, middle channel with associated common starfish Asterias rubens. Image width ca 50 cm.
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Distribution map

CR.HCR.XFa.Mol 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 Uncommon
Habitat Directive feature (Annex 1) Reefs
Large shallow inlets and bays

Biotope importance

Apart from the provision of shelter for small benthos and, for a small number of benthic predators, food, the community is not believed to be important for other (demersal or pelagic) species.

Exploitation

No exploitation of this biotope is known to take place.

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This review can be cited as follows:

Hiscock, K. 2002. Molgula manhattensis and Polycarpa spp. with erect sponges on tide-swept moderately exposed circalittoral rock. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 01/08/2014]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/habitatimportance.php?habitatid=305&code=2004>