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Image Chris Lumb - Crepidula fornicata and Aphelochaeta marioni in variable salinity infralittoral mixed sediment. Image width ca 60 cm.
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SS.SMx.SMxVS.CreMed recorded () and expected () distribution in Britain and Ireland (see below)
Temperature range preferences - Insufficient information
Water clarity preferences - Medium clarity / Medium turbidity
Low clarity / High turbidity
Limiting Nutrients - No information found
Other preferences -
Both Crepidula fornicata and Aphelochaeta marioni, the species characterizing the biotope, are tolerant of a wide range of environmental conditions. For example, they are euryhaline, are found on a variety of substrata and tolerate variations in turbidity. However, they both achieve peak abundances in areas of muddy or mixed muddy sediments such as occur in the hydrographic regime of sheltered bays and lower estuaries (Gibbs, 1969; de Montaduin & Sauriau, 1999). The distribution of the biotope is probably limited by the geographic range of Crepidula fornicata, which only occurs in the southern half of the British Isles.
This review can be cited as follows:
Rayment, W.J. 2001. Crepidula fornicata and Aphelochaeta marioni 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 21/12/2014]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/habitatpreferences.php?habitatid=52&code=2004>