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Image David Connor - A colony of tube worms forming a small reef, Loch Creran. Image width ca 40 cm.
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SS.SBR.PoR.Ser 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
The biotope supports a mobile fauna of fish, crabs, whelks and echinoderms, which use the reefs for feeding, refuge and egg-laying (Moore et al., 1998; Poloczanska et al., 2004).
Although 'reefs' are an Annex 1 feature, the EC Habitats Directive make no mention of 'biogenic reefs' (Holt et al., 1997). However, the possible citing of biogenic reefs as a specific reason for selecting SACs is under review and may be proposed in the future (Brown et al., 1997).
This review can be cited as follows:
Hill, J.M. & Wilding C.M. 2008. Serpula vermicularis reefs on very sheltered circalittoral muddy sand. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 20/05/2013]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/habitatimportance.php?habitatid=41&code=2004>