Biodiversity & Conservation

Dense Lanice conchilega and other polychaetes in tide-swept infralittoral sand

SS.IGS.FaS.Lcon


IGS.Lcon

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SS.IGS.FaS.Lcon recorded (dark blue bullet) and expected (light blue bullet) distribution in Britain and Ireland (see below)


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Text page icon Habitat description

Map icon Distribution of biotope in Britain and Ireland Present on all coasts of Britain with the exception of the north east coast of Scotland and south east coast of England. Reported in Ireland at Rosbin Cove in Roaringwater Bay, and along the coast from Kilmichael Point southwards around Cahore Point to Raven Point, County Wexford.
National importance Not available

Text page icon Description of biotope

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Where strong tidal streams or wave action and coarse sand occur in the shallow sublittoral, dense beds of Lanice conchilega may occur. Several other species of polychaete also occur as infauna e.g. Scoloplos armiger, Chaetozone setosa and Arenicola marina. The dense Lanice biotope (LGS.Lan) on certain lower shores may be a littoral extension of this biotope. This biotope also appears to have a limited occurrence in some Scottish lagoonal entrance channels and some sea lochs. Overall, there may be more than one entity in this biotope. (Information taken from the Marine Biotope Classification for Britain and Ireland, Version 97.06: Connor et al., 1997a, b).

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This review can be cited as follows:

Budd, G.C. 2006. Dense Lanice conchilega and other polychaetes in tide-swept infralittoral sand. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 20/12/2014]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/habitatsbasicinfo.php?habitatid=116&code=1997>