Biodiversity & Conservation

Polydora ciliata, Mya truncata and solitary ascidians in variable salinity infralittoral mixed sediment.

SS.SMx.SMxVS.AphPol


<i>%Polydora ciliata%</i>, <i>%Mya truncata%</i> and solitary ascidians in variable salinity infralittoral mixed sediment.
Distribution map

SS.SMx.SMxVS.AphPol recorded (dark blue bullet) and expected (light blue bullet) distribution in Britain and Ireland (see below)


  • EC_Habitats

Recorded distribution in Britain and Ireland

Found off Hartlepool on the north east coast, in several river channels of the south coast of Britain and Milford Haven, Wales.

Habitat preferences

Temperature range preferences - No information found

Water clarity preferences - Data deficient

Limiting Nutrients - Data deficient

Other preferences - None known

Additional information

The full development of this biotope requires relatively stable mixed muddy sediments. For example, Polydora ciliata is only found in areas of soft rock, such as limestone and chalk, and firm muds and clay where it can make its burrows.


This review can be cited as follows:

Tyler-Walters, H. 2002. Polydora ciliata, Mya truncata and solitary ascidians in variable salinity infralittoral mixed sediment.. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 28/11/2014]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/habitatpreferences.php?habitatid=114&code=2004>