Haliclona oculata and Flustra foliacea with a rich faunal turf on tide-swept sheltered circalittoral boulders or cobbles
|Marine Habitat Classification for Britain and Ireland Version 97.06
|Localised areas of relative shelter in tide-swept sounds and inlets with large 'finger' growths of Haliclona oculata amongst dense Flustra foliacea. Also polyclinid ascidians, patches of large Halichondria panicea, Esperiopsis fucorum and a hydroid turf. Some areas also have Alcyonidium diaphanum. Generally in the upper circalittoral although borders with the lower infralittoral at some sites. This biotope is more species-rich than Flu.Flu and occurs on west coasts in similarly silty conditions, although its distribution may overlap with the dense ascidian biotopes (e.g. StoPaur and MolPol). This biotope is typically found in locations such as the Menai Strait, Plymouth Sound, Milford Haven and Lune Deep area.
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