Biodiversity & Conservation

Lophelia reefs

SS.SBR.Crl.Lop


COR.Lop

Image Murray Roberts - Section of Lophelia pertusa reef, Mingulay, Scotland. Image width ca XX cm.
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Distribution map

SS.SBR.Crl.Lop recorded (dark blue bullet) and expected (light blue bullet) distribution in Britain and Ireland (see below)


  • EC_Habitats
  • UK_BAP
  • OSPAR

Habitat sensitivity

Physical Factors

Click factor name to view rationale Intolerance Recoverability Sensitivity Species Richness Evidence / Confidence
Substratum Loss High Very low / none Very High Major decline High
Smothering Low Very high Very low No change Very low
Increase in suspended sediment Low Very high Very low No change Low
Decrease in suspended sediment Low Very high Very low No change Low
Desiccation Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant
Increase in emergence regime Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant
Decrease in emergence regime Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant
Increase in water flow rate Low Very high Very low Minor decline Low
Decrease in water flow rate Intermediate Very low / none High Major decline Low
Increase in temperature High Very low / none Very High Major decline Low
Decrease in temperature High Very low / none Very High Major decline Low
Increase in turbidity Tolerant Not relevant Not sensitive No change Low
Decrease in turbidity Intermediate Very low / none High Minor decline Low
Increase in wave exposure Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant
Decrease in wave exposure Tolerant Not relevant Not sensitive Not relevant Not relevant
Noise Tolerant Not relevant Not sensitive Not relevant Low
Visual Presence Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant
Abrasion & physical disturbance High Very low / none Very High Major decline High
Displacement Intermediate Very low / none High Decline Low

Chemical Factors

Click factor name to view rationale Intolerance Recoverability Sensitivity Species Richness Evidence / Confidence
Synthetic compound contamination Insufficient information Not relevant Insufficient information Insufficient Information Not relevant
Heavy metal contamination Insufficient information Not relevant Insufficient information Insufficient Information Not relevant
Hydrocarbon contamination Low Very high Very low Decline Low
Radionuclide contamination Insufficient information Not relevant Insufficient information Insufficient Information Not relevant
Changes in nutrient levels Insufficient information Not relevant Insufficient information Insufficient Information Not relevant
Increase in salinity Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant
Decrease in salinity Intermediate Very low / none High Minor decline Moderate
Changes in oxygenation Insufficient information Not relevant Insufficient information Not relevant Not relevant

Biological Factors

Click factor name to view rationale Intolerance Recoverability Sensitivity Species Richness Evidence / Confidence
Introduction of microbial pathogens/parasites Insufficient information Not relevant Insufficient information Not relevant Not relevant
Introduction of non-native species Insufficient information Not relevant Insufficient information Not relevant Not relevant
Extraction of this species High Very low / none Very High Major decline Low
Extraction of other species High Very low / none Very High Major decline Low

This review can be cited as follows:

Tyler-Walters, H. 2005. Lophelia reefs. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 25/11/2014]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/habitatsensitivity.php?habitatid=294&code=2004>