Biodiversity & Conservation

Abra alba, Nucula nitida and Corbula gibba in circalittoral muddy sand or slightly mixed sediment

SS.CMS._.AbrNucCor


<i>%Abra alba%</i>, <i>%Nucula nitida%</i> and <i>%Corbula gibba%</i> in circalittoral muddy sand or slightly mixed sediment
Distribution map

SS.CMS._.AbrNucCor 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 Moderate
Smothering Low Immediate Not sensitive No change High
Increase in suspended sediment Tolerant* Not relevant Not sensitive* No change High
Decrease in suspended sediment Low Very high Very low No change Moderate
Desiccation Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant No change Not relevant
Increase in emergence regime Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant No change Not relevant
Decrease in emergence regime Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant No change Not relevant
Increase in water flow rate High High Moderate Decline Moderate
Decrease in water flow rate Low Very high Very low Minor decline Moderate
Increase in temperature Low Immediate Not sensitive No change Very low
Decrease in temperature Intermediate High Low Decline High
Increase in turbidity Low Very high Very low 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 Tolerant Not relevant Not sensitive No change Moderate
Noise Tolerant Not relevant Not sensitive No change Low
Visual Presence Tolerant Not relevant Not sensitive Not relevant Moderate
Abrasion & physical disturbance Intermediate High Low No change Moderate
Displacement Intermediate Very high Low Minor decline Low

Chemical Factors

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

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 Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant
Extraction of this species Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant
Extraction of other species Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant

Species used to indicate biotope intolerance

Physical factors

Abra alba
Important characterizing
Nucula nitidosa
Important characterizing
Corbula gibba
Important characterizing
Nephtys hombergii
Important characterizing
Echinocardium cordatum
Important other
Substratum LossHighHighHighIntermediateHigh
SmotheringLowLowLowTolerantTolerant
Increase in suspended sedimentTolerant*Tolerant*Tolerant*TolerantLow
Decrease in suspended sedimentLowLowLowNot relevant
DesiccationLowLowLowNot relevantLow
Increase in emergence regimeIntermediateIntermediateIntermediateNot relevantLow
Decrease in emergence regimeTolerantTolerant*Tolerant*Low
Increase in water flow rateLowIntermediateIntermediateLowIntermediate
Decrease in water flow rateLowIntermediateIntermediateTolerant
Increase in temperatureLowTolerantTolerantTolerantIntermediate
Decrease in temperatureIntermediateLowTolerantTolerant
Increase in turbidityLowNot relevantLowNot relevantLow
Decrease in turbidityTolerantNot relevantNot relevantNot relevant
Increase in wave exposureIntermediateIntermediateIntermediateIntermediateIntermediate
Decrease in wave exposureTolerantIntermediateIntermediateTolerant
NoiseTolerantInsufficient informationTolerantTolerantTolerant
Visual PresenceNot relevantInsufficient informationTolerantTolerantNot relevant
Abrasion & physical disturbanceIntermediateIntermediateIntermediateIntermediateHigh
DisplacementIntermediateLowIntermediateTolerantLow

Chemical factors

Abra alba
Important characterizing
Nucula nitidosa
Important characterizing
Corbula gibba
Important characterizing
Nephtys hombergii
Important characterizing
Echinocardium cordatum
Important other
Synthetic compound contaminationHighInsufficient informationIntermediateIntermediateHigh
Heavy metal contaminationIntermediateInsufficient informationIntermediateIntermediateIntermediate
Hydrocarbon contaminationLowInsufficient informationInsufficient informationHighHigh
Radionuclide contaminationInsufficient informationInsufficient informationInsufficient informationInsufficient informationInsufficient information
Changes in nutrient levelsTolerant*Tolerant*Tolerant*LowHigh
Increase in salinityNot relevantInsufficient informationTolerantLowIntermediate
Decrease in salinityIntermediateIntermediateTolerantLow
Changes in oxygenationTolerantIntermediateLowTolerantHigh

Biological factors

Abra alba
Important characterizing
Nucula nitidosa
Important characterizing
Corbula gibba
Important characterizing
Nephtys hombergii
Important characterizing
Echinocardium cordatum
Important other
Introduction of microbial pathogens/parasitesInsufficient informationIntermediateLowInsufficient informationLow
Introduction of non-native speciesNot relevantInsufficient informationInsufficient informationTolerantNot relevant
Extraction of this speciesNot relevantNot relevantNot relevantIntermediateIntermediate
Extraction of other speciesIntermediateIntermediateIntermediateHighIntermediate

Species used to indicate biotope recoverability

Physical factors

Abra alba
Important characterizing
Nucula nitidosa
Important characterizing
Corbula gibba
Important characterizing
Nephtys hombergii
Important characterizing
Echinocardium cordatum
Important other
Substratum LossHighModerateHighVery highHigh
SmotheringImmediateVery highImmediateNot relevantNot relevant
Increase in suspended sedimentNot relevantNot relevantNot relevantNot relevantHigh
Decrease in suspended sedimentImmediateVery highImmediateNot relevant
DesiccationImmediateHighVery highNot relevantHigh
Increase in emergence regimeVery highHighHighNot relevantHigh
Decrease in emergence regimeNot relevantNot relevantNot relevantVery high
Increase in water flow rateVery highHighHighVery highHigh
Decrease in water flow rateVery highHighHighNot relevant
Increase in temperatureVery highNot relevantNot relevantNot relevantHigh
Decrease in temperatureVery highVery highNot relevantNot relevant
Increase in turbidityVery highNot relevantVery highNot relevantHigh
Decrease in turbidityNot relevantNot relevantNot relevantNot relevant
Increase in wave exposureVery highModerateHighVery highHigh
Decrease in wave exposureNot relevantHighHighNot relevant
NoiseNot relevantNot relevantNot relevantNot relevantNot relevant
Visual PresenceNot relevantNot relevantInsufficient informationNot relevantNot relevant
Abrasion & physical disturbanceVery highHighHighVery highHigh
DisplacementImmediateHighHighImmediateHigh

Chemical factors

Abra alba
Important characterizing
Nucula nitidosa
Important characterizing
Corbula gibba
Important characterizing
Nephtys hombergii
Important characterizing
Echinocardium cordatum
Important other
Synthetic compound contaminationHighNot relevantHighHighHigh
Heavy metal contaminationHighNot relevantHighHighHigh
Hydrocarbon contaminationVery highNot relevantInsufficient informationHighHigh
Radionuclide contaminationNot relevantNot relevantInsufficient informationNot relevantInsufficient information
Changes in nutrient levelsNot relevantNot relevantNot relevantVery highHigh
Increase in salinityNot relevantNot relevantNot relevantVery highHigh
Decrease in salinityVery highHighNot relevantVery high
Changes in oxygenationNot relevantHighImmediateNot relevantHigh

Biological factors

Abra alba
Important characterizing
Nucula nitidosa
Important characterizing
Corbula gibba
Important characterizing
Nephtys hombergii
Important characterizing
Echinocardium cordatum
Important other
Introduction of microbial pathogens/parasitesNot relevantHighVery highNot relevantHigh
Introduction of non-native speciesNot relevantNot relevantInsufficient informationNot relevantNot relevant
Extraction of this speciesNot relevantNot relevantNot relevantVery highHigh
Extraction of other speciesVery highHighHighVery highHigh

This review can be cited as follows:

Budd, G.C. 2006. Abra alba, Nucula nitida and Corbula gibba in circalittoral muddy sand or slightly mixed sediment. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 25/10/2014]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/habitatsensitivity.php?habitatid=62&code=1997>