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Image Keith Hiscock - Underboulder community dominated by sponges from a rock pool habitat. Wembury, South Devon. Image width ca 1 m.
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LR.MLR.BF.Fser.Fser.Bo recorded () and expected () distribution in Britain and Ireland (see below)
EC Habitats Directive
UK Biodiversity Action Plan
|Habitat Directive feature (Annex 1)||Reefs
Large shallow inlets and bays
Important as a shelter for mobile species not usually considered a part of the community. Underboulder communities may be especially important for juvenile lobsters (Foster-Smith, pers. comm.).
Boulder habitats are a part of "Reefs" in Annex 1 of the Habitats Directive and also occur in "Large shallow inlets and bays" and in "Estuaries".
This review can be cited as follows:
Hiscock, K. 2005. Underboulder communities. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 30/07/2014]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/habitatimportance.php?habitatid=371&code=1997>