Biodiversity & Conservation

Semi-permanent tube-building amphipods and polychaetes in sublittoral mud or muddy sand

SS.SSa.IFiSa.TbAmPo


Semi-permanent tube-building amphipods and polychaetes in sublittoral mud or muddy sand
Distribution map

SS.SSa.IFiSa.TbAmPo 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 Common in lagoons on Shetland and Orkney. No records on mainland coasts of Britain or Ireland.
National importance Not available

Text page icon Description of biotope

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Sublittoral stable mud and muddy sands occurring over a wide depth range may support large populations of semi-permanent tube-building amphipods and polychaetes. This community is poorly known and appears to occur in restricted patches. Amphipods such as Ampelisca spp., Corophium spp. and Haploops tubicola have been described as occurring in high densities in such habitats (see Petersen, 1918; Thorson, 1957) and polychaetes such as Spiophanes bombyx and Polydora ciliata may also be conspicuously numerous. It may be that this community develops as a result of moderate nutrient enrichment. It is possible that this biotope may contain more than one entity as all the characterizing species listed need not occur simultaneously. (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:

Rayment, W.J. 2002. Semi-permanent tube-building amphipods and polychaetes in sublittoral mud or muddy sand. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 24/04/2014]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/habitatsbasicinfo.php?habitatid=136&code=2004>