Biodiversity & Conservation

Fucus serratus, sponges and ascidians on tide-swept lower eulittoral rock

LR.HLR.FT.FserT


<i>%Fucus serratus%</i>, sponges and ascidians on tide-swept lower eulittoral rock
Distribution map

LR.HLR.FT.FserT recorded (dark blue bullet) and expected (light blue bullet) distribution in Britain and Ireland (see below)


  • UK_BAP

Habitat sensitivity

Physical Factors

Click factor name to view rationale Intolerance Recoverability Sensitivity Species Richness Evidence / Confidence
Substratum Loss High Moderate Moderate Major decline Moderate
Smothering Tolerant Not relevant Not sensitive Not relevant Not relevant
Increase in suspended sediment Intermediate High Low Minor decline Low
Decrease in suspended sediment Tolerant* Not relevant Not sensitive* No change Low
Desiccation Intermediate High Low Decline Moderate
Increase in emergence regime Intermediate High Low Major decline Low
Decrease in emergence regime Tolerant Not relevant Not sensitive Not relevant Not relevant
Increase in water flow rate Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant
Decrease in water flow rate Intermediate High Low 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 Not relevant Not relevant
Decrease in turbidity Tolerant* Not relevant Not sensitive* No change Not relevant
Increase in wave exposure High Moderate Moderate Major decline Moderate
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 Decline Moderate
Displacement High Moderate Moderate Major decline Moderate

Chemical Factors

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

Biological Factors

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

Species used to indicate biotope intolerance

Physical factors

Fucus serratus
Key Structuring
Ascidiella scabra
Important characterizing
Chondrus crispus
Important other
Pomatoceros triqueter
Important other
Patella vulgata
Important other
Substratum LossHighHighHighHighHigh
SmotheringHighLowIntermediateHighHigh
Increase in suspended sedimentLowLowIntermediateLowLow
Decrease in suspended sedimentTolerantTolerantLowLow
DesiccationIntermediateIntermediateIntermediateIntermediateLow
Increase in emergence regimeIntermediateIntermediateIntermediateIntermediateLow
Decrease in emergence regimeTolerant*TolerantTolerant*
Increase in water flow rateIntermediateLowIntermediateTolerant*Low
Decrease in water flow rateLowIntermediateTolerant
Increase in temperatureTolerantTolerantLowTolerant*Low
Decrease in temperatureTolerantLowIntermediate
Increase in turbidityLowTolerantLowTolerantLow
Decrease in turbidityTolerant*Tolerant*Tolerant
Increase in wave exposureHighIntermediateIntermediateLowLow
Decrease in wave exposureTolerant*LowTolerant
NoiseTolerantTolerantTolerantTolerantLow
Visual PresenceTolerantTolerantTolerantTolerantTolerant
Abrasion & physical disturbanceIntermediateHighLowIntermediateLow
DisplacementHighHighHighLowIntermediate

Chemical factors

Fucus serratus
Key Structuring
Ascidiella scabra
Important characterizing
Chondrus crispus
Important other
Pomatoceros triqueter
Important other
Patella vulgata
Important other
Synthetic compound contaminationHighIntermediateHighInsufficient informationHigh
Heavy metal contaminationLowInsufficient informationInsufficient informationInsufficient informationIntermediate
Hydrocarbon contaminationIntermediateInsufficient informationLowInsufficient informationHigh
Radionuclide contaminationInsufficient informationInsufficient informationInsufficient informationInsufficient informationInsufficient information
Changes in nutrient levelsIntermediateInsufficient informationIntermediateInsufficient informationLow
Increase in salinityLowTolerantTolerantTolerantLow
Decrease in salinityIntermediateLowHigh
Changes in oxygenationLowLowInsufficient informationInsufficient informationIntermediate

Biological factors

Fucus serratus
Key Structuring
Ascidiella scabra
Important characterizing
Chondrus crispus
Important other
Pomatoceros triqueter
Important other
Patella vulgata
Important other
Introduction of microbial pathogens/parasitesInsufficient informationInsufficient informationIntermediateInsufficient informationInsufficient information
Introduction of non-native speciesInsufficient informationTolerantInsufficient informationTolerantNot relevant
Extraction of this speciesIntermediateNot relevantIntermediateNot relevantIntermediate
Extraction of other speciesTolerantNot relevantInsufficient informationNot relevantLow

Species used to indicate biotope recoverability

Physical factors

Fucus serratus
Key Structuring
Ascidiella scabra
Important characterizing
Chondrus crispus
Important other
Pomatoceros triqueter
Important other
Patella vulgata
Important other
Substratum LossHighVery highHighHighHigh
SmotheringHighImmediateHighHighHigh
Increase in suspended sedimentVery highImmediateHighHighHigh
Decrease in suspended sedimentNot relevantNot relevantHighHigh
DesiccationHighVery highHighHighHigh
Increase in emergence regimeHighVery highHighHighHigh
Decrease in emergence regimeNot relevantNot relevantNot relevant
Increase in water flow rateHighImmediateHighNot relevantHigh
Decrease in water flow rateImmediateHighNot relevant
Increase in temperatureNot relevantNot relevantVery highNot relevantHigh
Decrease in temperatureNot relevantVery highHigh
Increase in turbidityVery highNot relevantVery highNot relevantVery high
Decrease in turbidityNot relevantNot relevantNot relevant
Increase in wave exposureHighVery highHighHighHigh
Decrease in wave exposureNot relevantVery highNot relevant
NoiseNot relevantNot relevantNot relevantNot relevantHigh
Visual PresenceNot relevantNot relevantNot relevantNot relevantNot relevant
Abrasion & physical disturbanceHighVery highVery highHighVery high
DisplacementHighVery highHighHighHigh

Chemical factors

Fucus serratus
Key Structuring
Ascidiella scabra
Important characterizing
Chondrus crispus
Important other
Pomatoceros triqueter
Important other
Patella vulgata
Important other
Synthetic compound contaminationHighVery highHighNot relevantHigh
Heavy metal contaminationHighNot relevantInsufficient informationNot relevantHigh
Hydrocarbon contaminationHighNot relevantVery highNot relevantHigh
Radionuclide contaminationInsufficient informationNot relevantInsufficient informationNot relevantInsufficient information
Changes in nutrient levelsHighNot relevantHighNot relevantHigh
Increase in salinityVery highNot relevantNot relevantNot relevantHigh
Decrease in salinityVery highVery highHigh
Changes in oxygenationVery highImmediateInsufficient informationNot relevantHigh

Biological factors

Fucus serratus
Key Structuring
Ascidiella scabra
Important characterizing
Chondrus crispus
Important other
Pomatoceros triqueter
Important other
Patella vulgata
Important other
Introduction of microbial pathogens/parasitesInsufficient informationNot relevantHighNot relevantInsufficient information
Introduction of non-native speciesInsufficient informationNot relevantInsufficient informationNot relevantNot relevant
Extraction of this speciesHighNot relevantHighNot relevantHigh
Extraction of other speciesNot relevantNot relevantInsufficient informationNot relevantHigh

This review can be cited as follows:

Marshall, C.E. 2005. Fucus serratus, sponges and ascidians on tide-swept lower eulittoral rock. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 18/12/2014]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/habitatsensitivity.php?habitatid=42&code=2004>