Biodiversity & Conservation

Capitella capitata in enriched sublittoral muddy sediments

SS.IMS.FaMS.Cap


<i>%Capitella capitata%</i> in enriched sublittoral muddy sediments
Distribution map

SS.IMS.FaMS.Cap recorded (dark blue bullet) and expected (light blue bullet) distribution in Britain and Ireland (see below)


  • EC_Habitats

Habitat sensitivity

Physical Factors

Click factor name to view rationale Intolerance Recoverability Sensitivity Species Richness Evidence / Confidence
Substratum Loss High Very high Low Decline High
Smothering Tolerant Not relevant Not sensitive No change Moderate
Increase in suspended sediment Tolerant Not relevant Not sensitive No change High
Decrease in suspended sediment Low Very high Very low No change High
Desiccation Low Very high Very low No change High
Increase in emergence regime Intermediate Very high Low No change High
Decrease in emergence regime Tolerant Not relevant Not sensitive No change High
Increase in water flow rate High Very high Low Decline Low
Decrease in water flow rate Low Very high Very low No change Moderate
Increase in temperature Low Very high Very low No change High
Decrease in temperature Low Very high Very low No change High
Increase in turbidity Low Very high Very low No change High
Decrease in turbidity Tolerant Not relevant Not sensitive No change High
Increase in wave exposure High Very high Low Decline Moderate
Decrease in wave exposure Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant Moderate
Noise Tolerant Not relevant Not sensitive No change High
Visual Presence Tolerant Not relevant Not sensitive No change High
Abrasion & physical disturbance Intermediate Very high Low No change Moderate
Displacement Low Very high Very low No change High

Chemical Factors

Click factor name to view rationale Intolerance Recoverability Sensitivity Species Richness Evidence / Confidence
Synthetic compound contamination Low Very high Very low No change High
Heavy metal contamination Low Very high Very low No change High
Hydrocarbon contamination Tolerant* Not relevant Not sensitive* No change High
Radionuclide contamination Insufficient information Insufficient information Insufficient information Insufficient Information Not relevant
Changes in nutrient levels Tolerant* Not relevant Not sensitive* Not relevant High
Increase in salinity Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant Moderate
Decrease in salinity Low Very high Very low No change High
Changes in oxygenation Low Very high Very low No change High

Biological Factors

Click factor name to view rationale Intolerance Recoverability Sensitivity Species Richness Evidence / Confidence
Introduction of microbial pathogens/parasites Insufficient information Insufficient information Insufficient information Not relevant Not relevant
Introduction of non-native species Tolerant Not relevant Not sensitive Not relevant Not relevant
Extraction of this species Low Very high Very low No change Low
Extraction of other species Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant

Species used to indicate biotope intolerance

Physical factors

Capitella capitata
Important characterizing
Substratum LossHigh
SmotheringIntermediate
Increase in suspended sedimentLow
Decrease in suspended sedimentLow
DesiccationLow
Increase in emergence regimeIntermediate
Decrease in emergence regimeTolerant*
Increase in water flow rateTolerant
Decrease in water flow rateTolerant
Increase in temperatureLow
Decrease in temperatureLow
Increase in turbidityTolerant
Decrease in turbidityTolerant*
Increase in wave exposureInsufficient information
Decrease in wave exposureNot relevant
NoiseTolerant
Visual PresenceTolerant
Abrasion & physical disturbanceIntermediate
DisplacementIntermediate

Chemical factors

Capitella capitata
Important characterizing
Synthetic compound contaminationLow
Heavy metal contaminationLow
Hydrocarbon contaminationTolerant*
Radionuclide contaminationInsufficient information
Changes in nutrient levelsTolerant*
Increase in salinityTolerant
Decrease in salinityIntermediate
Changes in oxygenationLow

Biological factors

Capitella capitata
Important characterizing
Introduction of microbial pathogens/parasitesInsufficient information
Introduction of non-native speciesTolerant
Extraction of this speciesTolerant
Extraction of other speciesTolerant

Species used to indicate biotope recoverability

Physical factors

Capitella capitata
Important characterizing
Substratum LossVery high
SmotheringVery high
Increase in suspended sedimentVery high
Decrease in suspended sedimentVery high
DesiccationVery high
Increase in emergence regimeVery high
Decrease in emergence regimeNot relevant
Increase in water flow rateNot relevant
Decrease in water flow rateNot relevant
Increase in temperatureVery high
Decrease in temperatureVery high
Increase in turbidityNot relevant
Decrease in turbidityNot relevant
Increase in wave exposureNot relevant
Decrease in wave exposureNot relevant
NoiseNot relevant
Visual PresenceNot relevant
Abrasion & physical disturbanceVery high
DisplacementHigh

Chemical factors

Capitella capitata
Important characterizing
Synthetic compound contaminationHigh
Heavy metal contaminationVery high
Hydrocarbon contaminationNot relevant
Radionuclide contaminationNot relevant
Changes in nutrient levelsNot relevant
Increase in salinityNot relevant
Decrease in salinityVery high
Changes in oxygenationVery high

Biological factors

Capitella capitata
Important characterizing
Introduction of microbial pathogens/parasitesNot relevant
Introduction of non-native speciesNot relevant
Extraction of this speciesNot relevant
Extraction of other speciesNot relevant

This review can be cited as follows:

Hill, J. & Bilewitch, J. 2009. Capitella capitata in enriched sublittoral muddy sediments. 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/habitatsensitivity.php?habitatid=106&code=1997>