Sparse fauna in marine infralittoral mobile clean sand
|Within Vocab||Marine Habitat Classification for Britain and Ireland Version 97.06|
|Definition||Coarse sandy sediment in shallow water, often duned, on exposed or tide-swept coasts often contains very little infauna due to the mobility of the substratum. Some opportunistic populations of infaunal amphipods may occur, particularly in less mobile examples. Sand eels Ammodytes sp. may occasionally be observed in association with this biotope (and others). This biotope is more mobile than IGS.NcirBat and may be closely related to LGS.BarSnd on the shore. Common epifaunal species such as Pagurus bernhardus, Liocarcinus depurator, Carcinus maenas and Asterias rubens may be encountered and are the most conspicuous species present. A similar biotope, IGS.MobRS, occurs in reduced salinities but differs in that the sparse fauna of IGS.Mob are not tolerant of reduced salinities.|
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