Biodiversity & Conservation

Capitella capitata in enriched sublittoral muddy sediments


<i>%Capitella capitata%</i> in enriched sublittoral muddy sediments
Distribution map

SS.SMu.ISaMu.Cap recorded (dark blue bullet) and expected (light blue bullet) distribution in Britain and Ireland (see below)

  • EC_Habitats

For a list of 2004 characterising species please see the JNCC website.

Species indicative of sensitivity

To assess the sensitivity of the biotope, the sensitivity of component species is reviewed. Those species that are considered to be particularly indicative of the sensitivity of the biotope, and for which research has been undertaken in detail are shown below (see selection criteria). The biology of other component species of the biotope is also taken into account wherever information is known to the researcher.

Community Importance Species name Common Name
Important characterizing Capitella capitata A bristle worm


Since no or very few other species are present in the biotope, and without it the biotope would not exist, the sensitivity of Capitella capitata is representative of the whole biotope.

Additional information


This review can be cited as follows:

Hill, J. & Bilewitch, J. 2009. Capitella capitata in enriched sublittoral muddy sediments. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 26/11/2015]. Available from: <>