Biodiversity & Conservation

Laminaria saccharina, Chorda filum and filamentous red seaweeds on sheltered infralittoral sediment

SS.SMp.KSwSS.LsacCho


IMX.LsacX

Image Anon. - Saccharina latissima, Chorda filum and filamentous red seaweeds on sheltered infralittoral sediment. Image width ca 50 cm in foreground.
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Distribution map

SS.SMp.KSwSS.LsacCho 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.

Community Importance Species name Common Name
Important characterizing Chorda filum Sea lace
Important characterizing Saccharina latissima Sugar kelp
Important functional Asterias rubens Common starfish
Important other Arenicola marina Blow lug

Explanation

Saccharina latissima and Chorda filum characterize the biotope and it would not be IMX.LsacX without them. Asterias rubens and Arenicola marina both occur in small numbers but represent species that are important predators and bioturbators respectively.

Additional information


This review can be cited as follows:

Hiscock, K. 2001. Laminaria saccharina, Chorda filum and filamentous red seaweeds on sheltered infralittoral sediment. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 28/08/2014]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/habitatreproduction.php?habitatid=58&code=2004>