Polyides rotundus, Ahnfeltia plicata and Chondrus crispus on sand-covered infralittoral rock
|Marine Habitat Classification for Britain and Ireland Version 97.06
|Similar to the Halidrys siliquosa biotope (MIR.HalXK) but lack of large boulders or more prominent bedrock prevents dominance by Halidrys or kelps. Rock which is surrounded by sand and often subject to burying by the sand with the red seaweeds Polyides rotundus, Furcellaria lumbricalis and Ahnfeltia plicata typically on the rock growing through the sand. Coralline crusts cover the rock, which is grazed by Tectura virginea and chitons.
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