Biodiversity & Conservation

Caves and overhangs (deep)


Caves and overhangs (deep)
Distribution map

CR.FCR.Cv recorded (dark blue bullet) and expected (light blue bullet) distribution in Britain and Ireland (see below)

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Recorded distribution in Britain and Ireland

Occurs at widely separated locations generally in open coast waters on wave sheltered coasts with moderate tidal flow. Whilst the structural and functional aspects of the biotope are similar across its range, species composition varies.

Habitat preferences

Temperature range preferences - No information found

Water clarity preferences - Very high clarity / Very low turbidity
High clarity / Low turbidity
Medium clarity / Medium turbidity

Limiting Nutrients - Not relevant

Other preferences - Deep shade

Additional information

The habitat is distinctively one of vertical cliffs with a degree of overhang and small (shallow) caves.

This review can be cited as follows:

Hiscock, K. 2000. Caves and overhangs (deep). Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 30/11/2015]. Available from: <>