Mytilus edulis beds with hydroids and ascidians on tide-swept moderately exposed circalittoral rock
|Marine Habitat Classification for Britain and Ireland Version 97.06
|Dense mussel Mytilus edulis beds occur in strong tides on a variety of substrata. Apart from a continuous bed of mussels species richness is not particularly high. Asterias are usually common, as are crabs such as Cancer pagurus, Carcinus maenas and Necora [Liocarcinus] puber. Hydroids such as Kirchenpaueria and those characteristic of strong tides and a little scour are also often present such as Sertularia argentea and Tubularia indivisa. Ascidians such as Molgula manhattensis and Polycarpa spp. and Flustra foliacea may be present, particularly in silty conditions, although not often on the mussels themselves.
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