Biodiversity & Conservation

Burrowing amphipods and Eurydice pulchra in well-drained clean sand shores



Image Paul Brazier - View along sandy shore with lighthouse in background. Image width ca XX cm.
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Distribution map

LS.LSa.MoSa.AmSco.Eur 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 Common
Habitat Directive feature (Annex 1) Mudflats and sandflats not covered by seawater at low tide
Large shallow inlets and bays

Biotope importance

The biotopes LGS.AEur, LGS.AP, LGS.AP.P and LGS.AP.Pon are important in supporting predator communities of mobile macrofauna, over-wintering and migrating wading birds and juvenile fish. The loss of these biotopes and the fauna they support would have implications at local, regional and international scales (Elliott et al., 1998).


The biotope is not targeted for commercial exploitation, but is likely to be used for recreational purposes in popular tourist areas.

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This review can be cited as follows:

Budd, G.C. 2004. Burrowing amphipods and Eurydice pulchra in well-drained clean sand shores. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 25/11/2015]. Available from: <>