Biodiversity & Conservation

Fucus vesiculosus on mid eulittoral mixed substrata

LR.LLR.F.Fves.X


SLR.FvesX

Image Anon. - View along shore with sea wall in background. Image width ca 10 m (middle).
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Distribution map

LR.LLR.F.Fves.X 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 High Low Decline Moderate
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 Decline High
Decrease in emergence regime Low High Low No change Moderate
Increase in water flow rate Intermediate High Low Decline Low
Decrease in water flow rate Low Very high Very low No change Very low
Increase in temperature Low Very high Very low No change Low
Decrease in temperature Low High Low Minor decline Moderate
Increase in turbidity Low Very high Very low No change Low
Decrease in turbidity Tolerant* Not relevant Not sensitive* Not relevant Low
Increase in wave exposure High High Moderate Major decline Moderate
Decrease in wave exposure Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant
Noise Tolerant Not relevant Not sensitive No change Moderate
Visual Presence Tolerant Not relevant Not sensitive No change Moderate
Abrasion & physical disturbance Intermediate High Low Minor decline Moderate
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 Intermediate High Low Decline Moderate
Heavy metal contamination Low High Low Decline Moderate
Hydrocarbon contamination High Moderate Moderate Major decline Moderate
Radionuclide contamination Insufficient information Not relevant Insufficient information Not relevant Not relevant
Changes in nutrient levels Intermediate High Low Decline Moderate
Increase in salinity Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant
Decrease in salinity High High Moderate Major decline High
Changes in oxygenation Low Immediate Not sensitive No change Low

Biological Factors

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

Species used to indicate biotope intolerance

Physical factors

Fucus vesiculosus
Important characterizing
Littorina littorea
Important other
Patella vulgata
Important other
Semibalanus balanoides
Important other
Substratum LossIntermediateHighHighHigh
SmotheringHighHighHighIntermediate
Increase in suspended sedimentLowIntermediateLowLow
Decrease in suspended sedimentLow
DesiccationIntermediateLowLowIntermediate
Increase in emergence regimeIntermediateLowLowHigh
Decrease in emergence regime
Increase in water flow rateIntermediateIntermediateLowLow
Decrease in water flow rate
Increase in temperatureTolerantLowLowIntermediate
Decrease in temperature
Increase in turbidityLowLowLowLow
Decrease in turbidity
Increase in wave exposureIntermediateIntermediateLowLow
Decrease in wave exposure
NoiseTolerantTolerantLowTolerant
Visual PresenceTolerantTolerantTolerantTolerant
Abrasion & physical disturbanceIntermediateIntermediateLowIntermediate
DisplacementHighTolerantIntermediateHigh

Chemical factors

Fucus vesiculosus
Important characterizing
Littorina littorea
Important other
Patella vulgata
Important other
Semibalanus balanoides
Important other
Synthetic compound contaminationIntermediateLowHighIntermediate
Heavy metal contaminationLowIntermediateIntermediateLow
Hydrocarbon contaminationLowHighHighIntermediate
Radionuclide contaminationInsufficient informationInsufficient informationInsufficient informationInsufficient information
Changes in nutrient levelsIntermediateTolerantLowIntermediate
Increase in salinityLowTolerantLowLow
Decrease in salinity
Changes in oxygenationInsufficient informationLowIntermediateIntermediate

Biological factors

Fucus vesiculosus
Important characterizing
Littorina littorea
Important other
Patella vulgata
Important other
Semibalanus balanoides
Important other
Introduction of microbial pathogens/parasitesInsufficient informationInsufficient informationInsufficient informationIntermediate
Introduction of non-native speciesInsufficient informationInsufficient informationNot relevantIntermediate
Extraction of this speciesIntermediateIntermediateIntermediateNot relevant
Extraction of other speciesInsufficient informationTolerantLowIntermediate

Species used to indicate biotope recoverability

Physical factors

Fucus vesiculosus
Important characterizing
Littorina littorea
Important other
Patella vulgata
Important other
Semibalanus balanoides
Important other
Substratum LossHighHighHighHigh
SmotheringHighHighHighHigh
Increase in suspended sedimentImmediateHighHighVery high
Decrease in suspended sedimentHigh
DesiccationHighImmediateHighHigh
Increase in emergence regimeHighImmediateHighHigh
Decrease in emergence regime
Increase in water flow rateHighHighHighVery high
Decrease in water flow rate
Increase in temperatureNot relevantImmediateHighHigh
Decrease in temperature
Increase in turbidityImmediateVery highVery highVery high
Decrease in turbidity
Increase in wave exposureHighHighHighHigh
Decrease in wave exposure
NoiseNot relevantNot relevantHighNot relevant
Visual PresenceNot relevantNot relevantNot relevantNot relevant
Abrasion & physical disturbanceHighHighVery highHigh
DisplacementHighNot relevantHighHigh

Chemical factors

Fucus vesiculosus
Important characterizing
Littorina littorea
Important other
Patella vulgata
Important other
Semibalanus balanoides
Important other
Synthetic compound contaminationHighVery highHighModerate
Heavy metal contaminationHighHighHighHigh
Hydrocarbon contaminationHighHighHighModerate
Radionuclide contaminationNot relevantInsufficient informationInsufficient informationNot relevant
Changes in nutrient levelsHighNot relevantHighHigh
Increase in salinityHighNot relevantHighHigh
Decrease in salinity
Changes in oxygenationNot relevantVery highHighHigh

Biological factors

Fucus vesiculosus
Important characterizing
Littorina littorea
Important other
Patella vulgata
Important other
Semibalanus balanoides
Important other
Introduction of microbial pathogens/parasitesNot relevantInsufficient informationInsufficient informationHigh
Introduction of non-native speciesNot relevantInsufficient informationNot relevantHigh
Extraction of this speciesHighHighHighNot relevant
Extraction of other speciesNot relevantNot relevantHighHigh

This review can be cited as follows:

Budd, G.C. 2002. Fucus vesiculosus on mid eulittoral mixed substrata. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 30/08/2014]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/habitatsensitivity.php?habitatid=329&code=2004>