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SS.SSa.OSa.OfusAfil
Owenia fusiformis and Amphiura filiformis in offshore circalittoral sand or muddy sand

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Habitat (physical) description

Distribution

 Salinity: Full (30-35 ppt) 
 Wave exposure:  
 Tidal streams:  
 Substratum: Slightly muddy sand. 
 Zone: Circalittoral 
 Depth Band:  
 Other Features:  

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Previous code

This biotope occurred in previous versions of the classification as:
IMX.LsacX - Version: 97.06
SIR.Lsac.X - Version: 96.7

Distribution of habitat SS.SSa.OSa.OfusAfil  Owenia fusiformis and Amphiura filiformis in offshore circalittoral sand or muddy sand
Distribution of habitat SS.SSa.OSa.OfusAfil Owenia fusiformis and Amphiura filiformis in offshore circalittoral sand or muddy sand, based on records on the UK Marine Recorder database and EUSeaMap. Red dots represent records on which the biotope is based. Blue dots show other certain records, black dots show records tentatively assigned to this biotope. Yellow areas show level 2 and 3 sublittoral and deep-sea habitats prediced by EUSeaMap within UK waters.

Biotope description

Areas of slightly muddy sand (generally <20% mud) in offshore waters may be characterised by high numbers of the tube building polychaete Owenia fusiformis often with the brittlestar Amphiura filiformis. Whilst O. fusiformis is also found in other circalittoral or offshore biotopes it usually occurs in lower abundances than in SSA.OfusAfil. Other species found in this community are the polychaetes Goniada maculata, Pholoe inornata, Diplocirrus glaucus, Chaetozone setosa and Spiophanes kroyeri with occasional bivalves such as Timoclea ovata and Thyasira equalis. The sea cucumber Labidoplax buski and the cumacean Eudorella truncatula are also commonly often found in this biotope.

Situation

No situation data available.

Temporal variation

No temporal data available.

Similar biotopes

SS.SSa.OSa.MalEdefMaldanid polychaetes may also occur in the current biotope but never in the same abundance as in MalEdef.

Characterising Species

Characterising species data not applicable.

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Version 15.03 of the classification adds a deep-sea section to version 04.05; therefore superseding version 04.05, 97.06 and 03.02.

This online classification should be cited as:

JNCC (2015) The Marine Habitat Classification for Britain and Ireland Version 15.03 [Online]. [Date accessed]. Available from: jncc.defra.gov.uk/MarineHabitatClassification

Information from the shallower section (up to sublittoral sediment, taken from Version 04.05) be cited as the report accompanying Version 04.05, as follows:

CONNOR, D.W., J.H. ALLEN, N.GOLDING, K.L.HOWELL, L.M. LIEBERKNECHT, K.O. NORTHEN AND J.B. REKER (2004) The Marine Habitat Classification for Britain and Ireland Version 04.05. In: JNCC (2015) The Marine Habitat Classification for Britain and Ireland Version 15.03 [Online]. [Date accessed].
Available from: jncc.defra.gov.uk/MarineHabitatClassification
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Information from the deep-sea section (added in March 2015) should be cited as the report accompanying the deep-sea section, as follows:

PARRY, M.E.V., K.L. HOWELL, B.E. NARAYANASWAMY, B.J. BETT, D.O.B. JONES, D.J. HUGHES, N. PIECHAUD, T.D. NICKELL, H. ELLWOOD, N. ASKEW, C. JENKINS and E. MANCA (2015) A Deep-sea Section for the Marine Habitat Classification of Britain and Ireland. JNCC report 530. In: JNCC (2015) The Marine Habitat Classification for Britain and Ireland Version 15.03 [Online]. [Date accessed].
Available from: jncc.defra.gov.uk/MarineHabitatClassification
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