|Basic Information||Biotope classification||Ecology||Habitat preferences and distribution||Species composition||Sensitivity||Importance|
SS.SMu.SMuVS.PolCvol recorded () and expected () distribution in Britain and Ireland (see below)
|Distribution of biotope in Britain and Ireland||Found in various estuaries along the east coast of Britain, Isle of Wight and the Bristol Channel.|
|National importance||Not available|
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Variable salinity clay and firm mud characterized by a turf of the polychaete Polydora ciliata. Polydora ciliata also occurs in high densities elsewhere - see MCR.Pol. (May be a specific feature of the Humber Estuary in these conditions). This biotope occurs only in very firm mud and clay and possibly submerged relict saltmarsh with a high detrital content. It is characterized, and can be separated from other biotopes, by a combination of the sediment characteristics and the very high density of Polydora ciliata. (Information taken from the Marine Biotope Classification for Britain and Ireland, Version 97.06: Connor et al., 1997a, b).
This review can be cited as follows:
Hill, J.M. 2002. Polydora ciliata in variable salinity infralittoral firm mud or clay. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 06/12/2013]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/habitatsbasicinfo.php?habitatid=193&code=2004>