what lives in and on the seabed?

Over the course of the study, a number of species were recorded. The lists of species found can be viewed in full, by reading the project report.

Sandy communities are often dominated by large numbers of polychaete worms and bivalve molluscs, which live buried in the sediment. Where solid surfaces exist, bryozoans, sea anemones, soft corals and hydroids can also be found. Other groups that are well represented include echinoderms (starfish, brittlestars and urchins) fish and crustaceans.

To find out where these species were found, why not try exploring our interactive biotope map. To explore information about sand and gravel species, try visiting the Mineral Wealth - Seabed Health web site species pages.

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