|Basic Information||Biotope classification||Ecology||Habitat preferences and distribution||Species composition||Sensitivity||Importance|
Image Rohan Holt - Dense Virgularia and Sagartiogeton. Image with ca XX cm.
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SS.SMu.IFiMu.PhiVir 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|
|Important characterizing||Philine aperta||A sea slug|
|Important characterizing||Virgularia mirabilis||A sea pen|
|Important other||Amphiura filiformis||A brittlestar|
Philine aperta and Virgularia mirabilis are the main important characterizing species, giving the name to the biotope. Amphiura filiformis is an important species as it represents the burrowing brittlestars that are found within this biotope.
May contain the nationally rare polychaete Sternapsis scutata in southern Great Britain.
This review can be cited as follows:
Hill, J.M. & Wilson, E. 2005. Philine aperta and Virgularia mirabilis in soft stable infralittoral mud. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 07/10/2015]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/habitatreproduction.php?habitatid=202&code=2004>