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Image Anon. - Sabellaria spinulosa crusts on silty turbid circalittoral rock. Image width ca 10 cm.
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CR.MCR.As.MolPol.Sab recorded () and expected () distribution in Britain and Ireland (see below)
|Distribution of biotope in Britain and Ireland||The MERMAID database (JNCC, 1999) shows two records of MCR.Sspi from northeast England and Hiscock (1979) records a community that probably corresponds to this biotope from the Gower peninsula, Wales. The biotope most likely also occurs in the Solway Firth (K. Hiscock, own observations). The most recent (2003) version of the biotopes classification records the biotope (as CR.MCR.CSAB.Sspi) as recorded from the Lleyn Peninsula, Lundy Island (including the wreck of the MV Robert) and the north-east and south coast of England.|
|National importance||Not available|
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Bedrock in moderately exposed, slightly tide-swept conditions with high turbidity with an almost entire crust of Sabellaria spinulosa tubes; few other species present. Ciona celata, Alcyonium digitatum and Hypoglossum hypoglossoides present in NE England, very extensive Mytilus edulis in South Wales (Gower). The fauna attached to the Sabellaria crust in many cases seem to reflect the biotopes on nearby rock. (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:
Jackson, A. & Hiscock, K. 2006. Sabellaria spinulosa crusts on silty turbid circalittoral rock. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 24/05/2013]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/habitatsbasicinfo.php?habitatid=348&code=1997>