Biodiversity & Conservation

Hartlaubella gelatinosa and Conopeum reticulum on low salinity infralittoral mixed substrata

IR.SIR.EstFa.HarCon


<i>%Hartlaubella gelatinosa%</i> and <i>%Conopeum reticulum%</i> on low salinity infralittoral mixed substrata
Distribution map

IR.SIR.EstFa.HarCon 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

Recorded only in the middle and upper reaches of the Tamar Estuary, and the Dart Estuary, Devon. A similar brackish water community was recorded in the Bann Estuary, Northern Ireland.

Habitat preferences

Temperature range preferences - Data deficient

Water clarity preferences - Low clarity / High turbidity
Poor clarity / Extreme turbidity

Limiting Nutrients - Data deficient

Other preferences - Low / Reduced salinity

Additional information

In the Tamar estuary, Devon, available hard substrata consisted of small areas of bedrock, shells, underwater tree remains (stump and branches), and rubbish (e.g. tyres). The area was characterized by a relatively impoverished community of estuarine invertebrates, with low to reduced salinity between 30 to 5 psu and high turbidity with macroalgae restricted to very shallow water (Hiscock & Moore, 1986; Moore et al., 1998).


This review can be cited as follows:

Tyler-Walters, H. 2002. Hartlaubella gelatinosa and Conopeum reticulum on low salinity infralittoral mixed substrata. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 22/08/2014]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/habitatpreferences.php?habitatid=86&code=1997>