Limaria hians beds in tide-swept sublittoral muddy mixed sediment
|Marine Habitat Classification for Britain and Ireland Version 97.06
|Mixed muddy gravel and sand often in tide-swept narrows in the entrances or sills of sealochs with beds or 'nest' of Limaria hians. The Limaria form woven 'nests' or galleries from byssus and fragments of seaweeds so that the animals themselves cannot be seen from above the seabed. Modiolus modiolus sometimes occur at the same sites lying over the top of the Limaria bed. Other fauna associated with this biotope include hydroids such as Kirchenpaueria pinnata, Nemertesia spp. and Plumularia setacea, mobile crustaceans (e.g. Hyas araneus) and echinoderms (Crossaster papposus, Ophiothrix fragilis and Ophiocomina nigra). Sometimes red seaweeds occur if the beds are in shallow enough water.
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