Biodiversity & Conservation

Burrowing amphipods and Eurydice pulchra in well-drained clean sand shores

LS.LSa.MoSa.AmSco.Eur


LGS.AEur

Image Paul Brazier - View along sandy shore with lighthouse in background. Image width ca XX cm.
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Distribution map

LS.LSa.MoSa.AmSco.Eur 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 Low Very high Very low Rise Low
Increase in suspended sediment Tolerant Not relevant Not sensitive No change Low
Decrease in suspended sediment Tolerant Not relevant Not sensitive No change Low
Desiccation Intermediate Very high Low Decline Low
Increase in emergence regime Intermediate Very high Low Minor decline Moderate
Decrease in emergence regime Intermediate Very high Low Decline Moderate
Increase in water flow rate High High Moderate Decline Moderate
Decrease in water flow rate High High Moderate Decline Moderate
Increase in temperature Low Very high Very low Minor decline Low
Decrease in temperature Low Very high Very low Minor decline Low
Increase in turbidity Tolerant Not relevant Not sensitive 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 High High Moderate Major decline Moderate
Noise Tolerant* Not relevant Not sensitive* Not relevant Moderate
Visual Presence Tolerant* Not relevant Not sensitive* Not relevant Moderate
Abrasion & physical disturbance Low Very high Very low Minor decline Moderate
Displacement Tolerant Not relevant Not sensitive No change High

Chemical Factors

Click factor name to view rationale Intolerance Recoverability Sensitivity Species Richness Evidence / Confidence
Synthetic compound contamination High Moderate Moderate Major decline Low
Heavy metal contamination Intermediate Moderate Moderate Decline Low
Hydrocarbon contamination High Moderate Moderate Major decline High
Radionuclide contamination Insufficient information Not relevant Insufficient information Not relevant Not relevant
Changes in nutrient levels High High Moderate Major decline High
Increase in salinity Low Very high Very low Insufficient Information Low
Decrease in salinity Low Very high Very low Minor decline Moderate
Changes in oxygenation High High Moderate Major decline Very low

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 Intermediate Very high Low Minor decline Moderate
Extraction of other species Intermediate Very high Low Decline High

Species used to indicate biotope intolerance

Physical factors

Eurydice pulchra
Important characterizing
Bathyporeia pelagica
Important characterizing
Substratum LossHighHigh
SmotheringHighIntermediate
Increase in suspended sedimentTolerantLow
Decrease in suspended sedimentTolerantLow
DesiccationTolerantTolerant
Increase in emergence regimeIntermediateLow
Decrease in emergence regimeTolerant*Tolerant
Increase in water flow rateHighHigh
Decrease in water flow rateHighHigh
Increase in temperatureLowLow
Decrease in temperatureLowLow
Increase in turbidityTolerant*Tolerant
Decrease in turbidityLowTolerant
Increase in wave exposureHighHigh
Decrease in wave exposureHighHigh
NoiseTolerantTolerant
Visual PresenceTolerantTolerant
Abrasion & physical disturbanceTolerantTolerant
DisplacementTolerantTolerant

Chemical factors

Eurydice pulchra
Important characterizing
Bathyporeia pelagica
Important characterizing
Synthetic compound contaminationHighHigh
Heavy metal contaminationIntermediateIntermediate
Hydrocarbon contaminationIntermediateHigh
Radionuclide contaminationInsufficient informationInsufficient information
Changes in nutrient levelsHighHigh
Increase in salinityLowHigh
Decrease in salinityIntermediateLow
Changes in oxygenationHighHigh

Biological factors

Eurydice pulchra
Important characterizing
Bathyporeia pelagica
Important characterizing
Introduction of microbial pathogens/parasitesInsufficient informationInsufficient information
Introduction of non-native speciesInsufficient informationInsufficient information
Extraction of this speciesNot relevantNot relevant
Extraction of other speciesNot relevantIntermediate

Species used to indicate biotope recoverability

Physical factors

Eurydice pulchra
Important characterizing
Bathyporeia pelagica
Important characterizing
Substratum LossVery highVery high
SmotheringHighHigh
Increase in suspended sedimentNot relevantVery high
Decrease in suspended sedimentNot relevantImmediate
DesiccationNot relevantNot relevant
Increase in emergence regimeVery highVery high
Decrease in emergence regimeNot relevantNot relevant
Increase in water flow rateVery highHigh
Decrease in water flow rateVery highHigh
Increase in temperatureHighHigh
Decrease in temperatureHighHigh
Increase in turbidityNot relevantNot relevant
Decrease in turbidityVery highNot relevant
Increase in wave exposureVery highHigh
Decrease in wave exposureVery highHigh
NoiseNot relevantNot relevant
Visual PresenceNot relevantNot relevant
Abrasion & physical disturbanceNot relevantNot relevant
DisplacementNot relevantNot relevant

Chemical factors

Eurydice pulchra
Important characterizing
Bathyporeia pelagica
Important characterizing
Synthetic compound contaminationVery highModerate
Heavy metal contaminationModerateModerate
Hydrocarbon contaminationModerateModerate
Radionuclide contaminationNot relevantNot relevant
Changes in nutrient levelsModerateModerate
Increase in salinityHighHigh
Decrease in salinityVery highImmediate
Changes in oxygenationHighHigh

Biological factors

Eurydice pulchra
Important characterizing
Bathyporeia pelagica
Important characterizing
Introduction of microbial pathogens/parasitesNot relevantNot relevant
Introduction of non-native speciesNot relevantNot relevant
Extraction of this speciesNot relevantNot relevant
Extraction of other speciesNot relevantVery high

This review can be cited as follows:

Budd, G.C. 2004. Burrowing amphipods and Eurydice pulchra in well-drained clean sand shores. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 31/10/2014]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/habitatsensitivity.php?habitatid=344&code=2004>