Biodiversity & Conservation

Potamogeton pectinatus community

SS.SMp.Ang.A12


IMU.NVC_A12

Image Martin Isaeus - A bed of fennel pondweed Potamogeton pectinatus.
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Distribution map

SS.SMp.Ang.A12 recorded (dark blue bullet) and expected (light blue bullet) distribution in Britain and Ireland (see below)


  • EC_Habitats
  • UK_BAP

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 Low Very high Very low Minor decline 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 Intermediate High Low Minor decline Low
Increase in emergence regime Intermediate High Low Minor decline Low
Decrease in emergence regime Intermediate High Low Decline Low
Increase in water flow rate Low Very high Very low Minor decline Low
Decrease in water flow rate Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant
Increase in temperature Tolerant* Not relevant Not sensitive* Rise Moderate
Decrease in temperature Tolerant Not relevant Not sensitive No change Low
Increase in turbidity Intermediate High Low Decline Moderate
Decrease in turbidity Tolerant* Not relevant Not sensitive* Rise Moderate
Increase in wave exposure Intermediate High Low Decline Low
Decrease in wave exposure Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant
Noise Tolerant Not relevant Not sensitive Not relevant Not relevant
Visual Presence Tolerant Not relevant Not sensitive Not relevant Not relevant
Abrasion & physical disturbance Intermediate High Low Minor decline Low
Displacement High High Moderate Major decline Low

Chemical Factors

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

Biological Factors

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

Species used to indicate biotope intolerance

Physical factors

Hydrobia ulvae
Important functional
Gammarus insensibilis
Important functional
Gammarus salinus
Important functional
Neomysis integer
Important other
Cordylophora caspia
Important other
Conopeum reticulum
Important other
Pomatoschistus minutus
Important other
Substratum LossHighHighIntermediateTolerantHighHighLow
SmotheringIntermediateLowIntermediateTolerantLowHighIntermediate
Increase in suspended sedimentTolerantLowTolerantTolerant*TolerantLowTolerant
Decrease in suspended sedimentTolerantLowLowTolerant*
DesiccationLowIntermediateLowNot relevantHighIntermediateLow
Increase in emergence regimeLowIntermediateLowNot relevantIntermediateIntermediateTolerant
Decrease in emergence regimeLowNot relevantTolerant*Tolerant*
Increase in water flow rateIntermediateIntermediateHighIntermediateLowIntermediateLow
Decrease in water flow rateTolerantTolerant*LowIntermediate
Increase in temperatureIntermediateLowLowIntermediateTolerantLowIntermediate
Decrease in temperatureIntermediateIntermediateLowLow
Increase in turbidityTolerantIntermediateLowTolerant*LowLowLow
Decrease in turbidityTolerantLowTolerant*Tolerant
Increase in wave exposureHighHighHighHighHighIntermediateTolerant
Decrease in wave exposureTolerantNot relevantTolerant*Low
NoiseTolerantInsufficient informationTolerantTolerantTolerantTolerantInsufficient information
Visual PresenceTolerantInsufficient informationTolerantTolerantTolerantTolerantLow
Abrasion & physical disturbanceLowIntermediateTolerantNot relevantIntermediateIntermediateNot relevant
DisplacementTolerantHighNot relevantNot relevantIntermediateHighLow

Chemical factors

Hydrobia ulvae
Important functional
Gammarus insensibilis
Important functional
Gammarus salinus
Important functional
Neomysis integer
Important other
Cordylophora caspia
Important other
Conopeum reticulum
Important other
Pomatoschistus minutus
Important other
Synthetic compound contaminationLowHighLowIntermediateLowIntermediateIntermediate
Heavy metal contaminationInsufficient informationInsufficient informationLowIntermediateLowLowHigh
Hydrocarbon contaminationIntermediateHighHighIntermediateLowHighIntermediate
Radionuclide contaminationInsufficient informationInsufficient informationInsufficient informationInsufficient informationInsufficient informationInsufficient informationIntermediate
Changes in nutrient levelsLowInsufficient informationTolerant*Tolerant*Tolerant*Insufficient informationTolerant
Increase in salinityTolerantLowLowHighIntermediateInsufficient informationLow
Decrease in salinityLowTolerantTolerant*Low
Changes in oxygenationIntermediateInsufficient informationLowNot relevantLowLowLow

Biological factors

Hydrobia ulvae
Important functional
Gammarus insensibilis
Important functional
Gammarus salinus
Important functional
Neomysis integer
Important other
Cordylophora caspia
Important other
Conopeum reticulum
Important other
Pomatoschistus minutus
Important other
Introduction of microbial pathogens/parasitesHighInsufficient informationInsufficient informationInsufficient informationInsufficient informationInsufficient informationLow
Introduction of non-native speciesInsufficient informationInsufficient informationInsufficient informationInsufficient informationInsufficient informationInsufficient informationTolerant
Extraction of this speciesNot relevantInsufficient informationNot relevantNot relevantNot relevantNot relevantLow
Extraction of other speciesTolerantInsufficient informationInsufficient informationInsufficient informationNot relevantNot relevantLow

Species used to indicate biotope recoverability

Physical factors

Hydrobia ulvae
Important functional
Gammarus insensibilis
Important functional
Gammarus salinus
Important functional
Neomysis integer
Important other
Cordylophora caspia
Important other
Conopeum reticulum
Important other
Pomatoschistus minutus
Important other
Substratum LossHighLowVery highNot relevantHighVery highHigh
SmotheringVery highHighVery highNot relevantImmediateVery highHigh
Increase in suspended sedimentNot relevantHighNot relevantNot relevantNot relevantImmediateNot relevant
Decrease in suspended sedimentNot relevantImmediateImmediateNot relevant
DesiccationImmediateModerateImmediateNot relevantHighVery highHigh
Increase in emergence regimeImmediateModerateImmediateNot relevantVery highVery highNot relevant
Decrease in emergence regimeVery highNot relevantNot relevantNot relevant
Increase in water flow rateVery highModerateVery highVery highVery highVery highVery high
Decrease in water flow rateNot relevantNot relevantImmediateVery high
Increase in temperatureImmediateModerateImmediateVery highNot relevantImmediateHigh
Decrease in temperatureVery highVery highVery highImmediate
Increase in turbidityNot relevantLowVery highNot relevantImmediateImmediateHigh
Decrease in turbidityNot relevantVery highNot relevantNot relevant
Increase in wave exposureHighLowHighVery highHighVery highNot relevant
Decrease in wave exposureNot relevantNot relevantNot relevantImmediate
NoiseNot relevantNot relevantNot relevantNot relevantNot relevantNot relevantInsufficient information
Visual PresenceNot relevantNot relevantNot relevantNot relevantNot relevantNot relevantHigh
Abrasion & physical disturbanceVery highModerateNot relevantNot relevantVery highVery highNot relevant
DisplacementNot relevantLowNot relevantNot relevantVery highVery highHigh

Chemical factors

Hydrobia ulvae
Important functional
Gammarus insensibilis
Important functional
Gammarus salinus
Important functional
Neomysis integer
Important other
Cordylophora caspia
Important other
Conopeum reticulum
Important other
Pomatoschistus minutus
Important other
Synthetic compound contaminationImmediateLowVery highVery highImmediateVery highHigh
Heavy metal contaminationInsufficient informationNot relevantVery highVery highImmediateImmediateHigh
Hydrocarbon contaminationVery highLowHighVery highImmediateVery highHigh
Radionuclide contaminationInsufficient informationNot relevantNot relevantNot relevantNot relevantNot relevantHigh
Changes in nutrient levelsImmediateNot relevantNot relevantNot relevantNot relevantNot relevantNot relevant
Increase in salinityNot relevantModerateImmediateVery highVery highNot relevantHigh
Decrease in salinityImmediateNot relevantNot relevantImmediate
Changes in oxygenationVery highInsufficient informationImmediateNot relevantImmediateImmediateHigh

Biological factors

Hydrobia ulvae
Important functional
Gammarus insensibilis
Important functional
Gammarus salinus
Important functional
Neomysis integer
Important other
Cordylophora caspia
Important other
Conopeum reticulum
Important other
Pomatoschistus minutus
Important other
Introduction of microbial pathogens/parasitesHighNot relevantNot relevantNot relevantNot relevantNot relevantHigh
Introduction of non-native speciesInsufficient informationNot relevantNot relevantNot relevantNot relevantNot relevantNot relevant
Extraction of this speciesNot relevantNot relevantNot relevantNot relevantNot relevantNot relevantHigh
Extraction of other speciesNot relevantNot relevantNot relevantNot relevantNot relevantNot relevantVery high

This review can be cited as follows:

Tyler-Walters, H. 2002. Potamogeton pectinatus community. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 01/11/2014]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/habitatsensitivity.php?habitatid=320&code=2004>