|Basic Information||Biotope classification||Ecology||Habitat preferences and distribution||Species composition||Sensitivity||Importance|
Image Joint Nature Conservation Committee - View across a cockle strand (biotope LMS.Pcer). Image width foreground ca 10 m.
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LS.LMS.MS recorded () and expected () distribution in Britain and Ireland (see below)
|Anaitides mucosa||1-20 %|
|Nephtys hombergii||21-40 %|
|Aricidea minuta||1-20 %|
|Spio filicornis||1-20 %|
|Arenicola marina||41-60 %|
|Bathyporeia pilosa||21-40 %|
|Bathyporeia sarsi||1-20 %|
|Corophium arenarium||21-40 %|
|Cerastoderma edule||41-60 %|
|Macoma balthica||41-60 %|
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.
The biotope complex LMS.MS (Muddy sand shores) is composed of three biotopes that differ in the benthic communities present. Therefore, key or important species at the biotope complex level have not been suggested.
Muddy sand biotopes support communities of relatively low species richness but high abundance. Communities are predominated by sessile polychaetes and bivalves although epibenthic amphipods may also be present (LMS.BatCor). Subtidal species may also occur. The rare and scare species indicated only occur in littoral muddy sands of Fleet, Portland Harbour and Poole Harbour.
This review can be cited as follows:
Tyler-Walters, H. & Marshall, C. 2006. Muddy sand shores. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 26/04/2015]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/habitatreproduction.php?habitatid=21&code=1997>