Semi-permanent tube-building amphipods and polychaetes in sublittoral mud or muddy sand
|Marine Habitat Classification for Britain and Ireland Version 97.06
|Sublittoral stable mud and muddy sands occurring over a wide depth range may support large populations of semi-permanent tube-building amphipods and polychaetes. This community is poorly known and appears to occur in restricted patches. Amphipods such as Ampelisca spp., Corophium spp. and Haploops tubicola have been described as occurring in high densities in such habitats (see Petersen 1918; Thorson 1957) and polychaetes such as Spiophanes bombyx and Polydora ciliata may also be conspicuously numerous. It may be that this community develops as a result of moderate nutrient enrichment. It is possible that this biotope may contain more than one entity as all the characterising species listed need not occur simultaneously.
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