|Basic Information||Biotope classification||Ecology||Habitat preferences and distribution||Species composition||Sensitivity||Importance|
IR.SIR.K.LsacRS recorded () and expected () distribution in Britain and Ireland (see below)
EC Habitats Directive
|National importance||Not available|
|Habitat Directive feature (Annex 1)||Reefs
Large shallow inlets and bays
Where massive growths of the sponge Halichondria panicea occur, they may provide a significant habitat for other species especially amphipods and Caprella linearis appears to be chemically attracted to the sponge. The fauna associated with sponges may be a significant food source for fish (Peattie & Hoare, 1981). There may be significant food resources for mobile species in the biotope, especially where characterized by dense algae that harbour crustaceans and worms.
The biotope and its sub-biotopes occur in inlets and harbours and may therefore be susceptible to accidents resulting in pollution. It is also a shallow water biotope and may be adversely affected if there are periods of exceptional rainfall and freshwater runoff.
This review can be cited as follows:
Hiscock, K. 2002. Laminaria saccharina on reduced or low salinity infralittoral rock. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 23/05/2013]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/habitatimportance.php?habitatid=345&code=1997>