Modiolus modiolus beds on circalittoral mixed sediment
|Marine Habitat Classification for Britain and Ireland Version 97.06
|Muddy gravels and coarse sands in deeper water of continental seas may contain venerid bivalves with beds of Modiolus modiolus. The clumping of the byssus threads of the M. modiolus creates a stable habitat that attracts a very rich infaunal community. Brittlestars such as Ophiothrix fragilis may also occur with this community. This biotope is very similar to the 'boreal off-shore gravel association' and the 'deep Venus community' described by previous workers (Ford 1923; Jones 1951). Similar Modiolus beds on open coast stable boulders, cobbles and sediment are described under MCR.ModT.
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