Biodiversity & Conservation

Barnacles and Littorina littorea on unstable eulittoral mixed substrata

LR.HLR.MusB.Sem.LitX


SLR.Bllit

Image Paul Brazier - Boulder shore backed by low cliffs (SLR.Bllit) Image width ca 1m in foreground.
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Distribution map

LR.HLR.MusB.Sem.LitX recorded (dark blue bullet) and expected (light blue bullet) distribution in Britain and Ireland (see below)


  • EC_Habitats
  • UK_BAP

For a list of 2004 characterising species please see the JNCC website.

Species indicative of sensitivity

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 Littorina littorea Common periwinkle
Important characterizing Semibalanus balanoides An acorn barnacle
Key functional Patella vulgata Common limpet

Explanation

Barnacles, represented by Semibalanus balanoides, and Littorina littorea are important characterizing species as, in their absence, the SLR.BLlit biotope would not be recognized. Littorina littorea and Patella vulgata are key functional species because their grazing activity stops the development of algal cover. Other species that may be presents such as the epifaunal Patella vulgata, Littorina saxatilis and Mytilus edulis and the infaunal Arenicola marina and Cerastoderma edulis are not considered to be species particularly indicative of the sensitivity of the SLR.BLlit biotope as, in their absence, the biotope would become impoverished but would still be recognized as barnacles and Littorina littorea on unstable eulittoral mixed substrata.

Additional information

None


This review can be cited as follows:

Hill, J.M. 2002. Barnacles and Littorina littorea on unstable eulittoral mixed substrata. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 31/10/2014]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/habitatreproduction.php?habitatid=340&code=2004>