Biodiversity & Conservation

Polydora ciliata in variable salinity infralittoral firm mud or clay

SS.SMu.SMuVS.PolCvol


<i>%Polydora ciliata%</i> in variable salinity infralittoral firm mud or clay
Distribution map

SS.SMu.SMuVS.PolCvol 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 in various estuaries along the east coast of Britain, Isle of Wight and the Bristol Channel.

Habitat preferences

Temperature range preferences -

Water clarity preferences - Low clarity / High turbidity
High clarity / Low turbidity
Medium clarity / Medium turbidity

Limiting Nutrients - Not relevant

Other preferences - Mud, clay or soft rock substratum

Additional information

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:

Hill, J.M. 2002. Polydora ciliata in variable salinity infralittoral firm mud or clay. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 24/07/2014]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/habitatpreferences.php?habitatid=193&code=2004>