Biodiversity & Conservation

Burrowing amphipods and Eurydice pulchra in well-drained clean sand shores



Image Paul Brazier - View along sandy shore with lighthouse in background. Image width ca XX cm.
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Distribution map

LS.LSa.MoSa.AmSco.Eur recorded (dark blue bullet) and expected (light blue bullet) distribution in Britain and Ireland (see below)

  • EC_Habitats

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.

Species found especially in this biotope

  • Eurydice pulchra
  • Bathyporeia pelagica
  • Haustorius arenarius
  • Pontocrates arenarius
Community Importance Species name Common Name
Important characterizing Eurydice pulchra An isopod
Important characterizing Bathyporeia pelagica An amphipod


Eurydice pulchra and Bathyporeia pelagica are both considered to be important characterizing species of the LGS.AEur biotope. In the absence of these species the biotope would not be recognised and would be more like the barren coarse sand shore biotope, LGS.BarSnd, which lacks a macrofaunal community.

Additional information

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This review can be cited as follows:

Budd, G.C. 2004. Burrowing amphipods and Eurydice pulchra in well-drained clean sand shores. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 26/11/2015]. Available from: <>