Mytilus edulis and Fucus vesiculosus on moderately exposed mid eulittoral rock
|Marine Habitat Classification for Britain and Ireland Version 97.06
|Mid eulittoral exposed to moderately exposed bedrock, often with nearby sediment, may be covered by dense large Mytilus edulis which form a band or large patches and support scattered Fucus vesiculosus and occasional red algae. This differs from mussels in the lower eulittoral (MytFR) which occur with a wider range of red algae (often in higher abundance than the mid eulittoral). Ephemeral green algae such as Enteromorpha spp. and Ulva lactuca commonly occur on the shells of the mussels. The barnacle Semibalanus balanoides is common on both the mussel valves and on patches of bare rock, where the limpet Patella vulgata is also found, often at high abundance. The dog whelk Nucella lapillus and a range of littorinids also occur within the mussel bed.
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