Fucus serratus and piddocks on lower eulittoral soft rock
|Within Vocab||Marine Habitat Classification for Britain and Ireland Version 97.06|
|Definition||The lower eulittoral zone on soft rock shores (e.g. chalk) may be characterised by Fucus serratus beneath which are dense aggregations of rock-boring piddocks (such as Barnea spp. and Pholas dactylus) and Hiatella arctica. A dense red algal turf occurs beneath the F. serratus and includes Gelidium pusillum, Palmaria palmata, Corallina officinalis and Ceramium nodulosum. The top few centimetres of the soft rock may be bored by the worm Polydora ciliata, while empty piddock holes provide a refuge for species such as the hydroid Dynamena pumila and the anemone Actinia equina.|
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