|Basic Information||Biotope classification||Ecology||Habitat preferences and distribution||Species composition||Sensitivity||Importance|
IR.MIR.SedK.SabKR recorded () and expected () distribution in Britain and Ireland (see below)
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|
|Key structural||Sabellaria spinulosa||Ross worm|
|Important characterizing||Laminaria hyperborea||Tangle or cuvie|
|Important characterizing||Delesseria sanguinea||Sea beech|
|Important characterizing||Lithophyllum incrustans||Encrusting coralline alga|
|Important characterizing||Urticina felina||Dahlia anemone|
Sabellaria spinulosa is the key characterizing species giving the name to the biotope. The biotope is distinguished from MCR.Sspi, a similar biotope found in the circalittoral zone, by the presence of occasional kelp plants, typically Laminaria hyperborea and sediment tolerant red algae such as the foliose Delesseria sanguinea and the encrusting Lithophyllum incrustans. The anemone Urticina felina is often found in the biotope.
This review can be cited as follows:
Hill, J.M. 2001. Sabellaria spinulosa with kelp and red seaweeds on sand-influenced infralittoral rock. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 23/10/2014]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/habitatreproduction.php?habitatid=144&code=1997>