|Basic Information||Biotope classification||Ecology||Habitat preferences and distribution||Species composition||Sensitivity||Importance|
Image Tom Mercer - Seaweeds in sediment (sand or gravel)-floored eulittoral rockpools. Image width ca 1 m.
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LR.LR.Rkp.SwSed 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|
|Important characterizing||Furcellaria lumbricalis||A red seaweed|
|Important characterizing||Ahnfeltia plicata||A red seaweed|
|Important characterizing||Polyides rotundus||A red seaweed|
|Important characterizing||Rhodothamniella floridula||A red seaweed|
|Important functional||Littorina littorea||Common periwinkle|
This biotope describes a spectrum of rockpools from deep, macroalgal dominated pools to shallow sediment filled pools with sparse sediment tolerant red algae. Therefore, while fucoids, kelps, and green algae may be characterizing species, their abundance and/or presence is likely to vary between pools, and their loss would not herald a loss of an identifiable biotope, although species diversity would be greatly reduced. The most characteristic feature of this rockpool biotope is the presence of sediment, and hence sediment tolerant red algae. Therefore, the red algae Furcellaria lumbricalis, Polyides rotundus, Ahnfeltia plicata and Rhodothamniella floridula have been suggested as important characterizing, as examples of sediment tolerant species. However, it should be noted that not all of the above species occur in all records of the biotope, and hence for sensitivity assessment, sediment tolerant algae will be treated as a functional group rather than individually. Littorina littorea and amphipods are included as important functional species as grazing pressure affects the macroalgal community.
The MNCR database lists 449 species in 58 records of this biotope (JNCC, 1999), although not all species occur in all records of the biotope. The seagrass Zostera sp. was recorded from this biotope (see description) and, although no species was given, both Zostera species are nationally scarce.
This review can be cited as follows:
Tyler-Walters, H. 2005. Seaweeds in sediment (sand or gravel)-floored eulittoral rockpools. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 28/11/2014]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/habitatreproduction.php?habitatid=326&code=1997>