Biodiversity & Conservation

Aphelochaeta marioni and Tubificoides spp. in variable salinity infralittoral mud

SS.IMU.EstMu.AphTub


<i>%Aphelochaeta marioni%</i> and <i>Tubificoides</i> spp. in variable salinity infralittoral mud
Distribution map

SS.IMU.EstMu.AphTub 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 High Moderate Major decline High
Smothering Intermediate Very high Low No change High
Increase in suspended sediment Tolerant* Not relevant Not sensitive* No change High
Decrease in suspended sediment Low Very high Very low No change Moderate
Desiccation Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant
Increase in emergence regime Low Very high Very low No change Low
Decrease in emergence regime Tolerant* Not relevant Not sensitive* No change Moderate
Increase in water flow rate High High Moderate Decline Low
Decrease in water flow rate Tolerant Not relevant Not sensitive Not relevant Moderate
Increase in temperature Low Very high Very low No change Low
Decrease in temperature Low Immediate Not sensitive No change Low
Increase in turbidity Low Very high Very low No change Moderate
Decrease in turbidity Tolerant Not relevant Not sensitive No change Moderate
Increase in wave exposure High High Moderate Major decline Moderate
Decrease in wave exposure Tolerant Not relevant Not sensitive No change Moderate
Noise Tolerant Not relevant Not sensitive No change High
Visual Presence Low Very high Very low No change Moderate
Abrasion & physical disturbance Intermediate Very high Low Decline Low
Displacement High Moderate Moderate Decline Low

Chemical Factors

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

Biological Factors

Click factor name to view rationale Intolerance Recoverability Sensitivity Species Richness Evidence / Confidence
Introduction of microbial pathogens/parasites Low High Low Moderate
Introduction of non-native species High High Moderate Minor decline Moderate
Extraction of this species Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant
Extraction of other species Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant

Species used to indicate biotope intolerance

Physical factors

Polydora ciliata
Key structural
Aphelochaeta marioni
Important characterizing
Hediste diversicolor
Important other
Hydrobia ulvae
Important other
Lanice conchilega
Important other
Substratum LossHighHighHighHighHigh
SmotheringTolerantLowLowIntermediateLow
Increase in suspended sedimentTolerantTolerant*Tolerant*TolerantTolerant
Decrease in suspended sedimentLowLow
DesiccationIntermediateNot relevantLowLowIntermediate
Increase in emergence regimeIntermediateIntermediateLowLowIntermediate
Decrease in emergence regimeTolerantTolerant*
Increase in water flow rateIntermediateIntermediateIntermediateIntermediateIntermediate
Decrease in water flow rateTolerant*Intermediate
Increase in temperatureLowLowIntermediateIntermediateLow
Decrease in temperatureLowHigh
Increase in turbidityTolerantLowTolerantTolerantTolerant
Decrease in turbidityTolerantTolerant
Increase in wave exposureLowHighIntermediateHighHigh
Decrease in wave exposureTolerantLow
NoiseTolerantTolerantTolerant*TolerantTolerant
Visual PresenceLowLowTolerantTolerantTolerant
Abrasion & physical disturbanceIntermediateIntermediateIntermediateLowIntermediate
DisplacementLowTolerantIntermediateTolerantIntermediate

Chemical factors

Polydora ciliata
Key structural
Aphelochaeta marioni
Important characterizing
Hediste diversicolor
Important other
Hydrobia ulvae
Important other
Lanice conchilega
Important other
Synthetic compound contaminationLowHighHighLowHigh
Heavy metal contaminationIntermediateLowIntermediateInsufficient informationIntermediate
Hydrocarbon contaminationIntermediateTolerant*IntermediateIntermediateIntermediate
Radionuclide contaminationInsufficient informationInsufficient informationInsufficient informationInsufficient informationInsufficient information
Changes in nutrient levelsLowIntermediateTolerant*LowIntermediate
Increase in salinityLowTolerantLowTolerantNot relevant
Decrease in salinityTolerantIntermediate
Changes in oxygenationLowLowIntermediateIntermediateIntermediate

Biological factors

Polydora ciliata
Key structural
Aphelochaeta marioni
Important characterizing
Hediste diversicolor
Important other
Hydrobia ulvae
Important other
Lanice conchilega
Important other
Introduction of microbial pathogens/parasitesInsufficient informationLowInsufficient informationHighInsufficient information
Introduction of non-native speciesInsufficient informationInsufficient informationInsufficient informationInsufficient informationInsufficient information
Extraction of this speciesLowNot relevantIntermediateNot relevantNot relevant
Extraction of other speciesNot relevantIntermediateIntermediateTolerantIntermediate

Species used to indicate biotope recoverability

Physical factors

Polydora ciliata
Key structural
Aphelochaeta marioni
Important characterizing
Hediste diversicolor
Important other
Hydrobia ulvae
Important other
Lanice conchilega
Important other
Substratum LossHighHighHighHighHigh
SmotheringNot relevantImmediateImmediateVery highHigh
Increase in suspended sedimentNot relevantNot relevantNot relevantNot relevantNot relevant
Decrease in suspended sedimentImmediateHigh
DesiccationHighNot relevantHighImmediateHigh
Increase in emergence regimeHighHighHighImmediateHigh
Decrease in emergence regimeNot relevantNot relevant
Increase in water flow rateHighHighHighVery highHigh
Decrease in water flow rateNot relevantHigh
Increase in temperatureHighVery highHighImmediateHigh
Decrease in temperatureVery highHigh
Increase in turbidityNot relevantVery highImmediateNot relevantNot relevant
Decrease in turbidityNot relevantNot relevant
Increase in wave exposureHighHighHighHighHigh
Decrease in wave exposureNot relevantHigh
NoiseNot relevantNot relevantNot relevantNot relevantNot relevant
Visual PresenceHighImmediateNot relevantNot relevantNot relevant
Abrasion & physical disturbanceHighHighHighVery highVery high
DisplacementHighNot relevantImmediateNot relevantVery high

Chemical factors

Polydora ciliata
Key structural
Aphelochaeta marioni
Important characterizing
Hediste diversicolor
Important other
Hydrobia ulvae
Important other
Lanice conchilega
Important other
Synthetic compound contaminationHighHighModerateImmediateHigh
Heavy metal contaminationHighVery highModerateInsufficient informationHigh
Hydrocarbon contaminationHighNot relevantHighVery highHigh
Radionuclide contaminationInsufficient informationNot relevantInsufficient informationInsufficient informationNot relevant
Changes in nutrient levelsHighHighHighImmediateModerate
Increase in salinityHighNot relevantHighNot relevantNot relevant
Decrease in salinityNot relevantHigh
Changes in oxygenationHighVery highHighVery highHigh

Biological factors

Polydora ciliata
Key structural
Aphelochaeta marioni
Important characterizing
Hediste diversicolor
Important other
Hydrobia ulvae
Important other
Lanice conchilega
Important other
Introduction of microbial pathogens/parasitesNot relevantVery highInsufficient informationHighInsufficient information
Introduction of non-native speciesInsufficient informationNot relevantInsufficient informationInsufficient informationInsufficient information
Extraction of this speciesHighNot relevantHighNot relevantNot relevant
Extraction of other speciesNot relevantHighHighNot relevantModerate

This review can be cited as follows:

Hiscock, K. 2002. Aphelochaeta marioni and Tubificoides spp. in variable salinity infralittoral mud. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 30/09/2014]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/habitatsensitivity.php?habitatid=201&code=1997>