|Basic Information||Biotope classification||Ecology||Habitat preferences and distribution||Species composition||Sensitivity||Importance|
SS.SMu.SMuVS.PolCvol recorded () and expected () distribution in Britain and Ireland (see below)
For a list of 2004 characterising species please see the JNCC website.
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 functional||Polydora ciliata||A bristle worm|
Polydora ciliata is used to assess the sensitivity of the biotope. There has been some confusion in the identification of Polydora species and it has been suggested that some other species such as Polydora ligni, Polydora websteri, Polydora cirrosa and Polydora nuchalis may only be varieties of Polydora ciliata (Mustaquim, 1986). Since no or very few other species are present in the biotope the sensitivity of Polydora ciliata is representative of the sensitivity of the whole biotope.
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 03/07/2015]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/habitatreproduction.php?habitatid=193&code=2004>