Ostrea edulis beds on shallow sublittoral muddy sediment
|Within Vocab||Marine Habitat Classification for Britain and Ireland Version 97.06|
|Definition||Dense beds of the oyster Ostrea edulis can occur on muddy fine sand. There may be considerable quantities of dead oyster shell making up a substantial portion of the substratum. The clumps of dead shells and oysters can support large numbers of Ascidiella aspersa and Ascidiella scabra. Several conspicuously large polychaetes may be present, such as Chaetopterus variopedatus and terebellids, as well as additional suspension-feeding polychaetes such as Myxicola infundibulum, Sabella pavonina and Lanice conchilega. A turf of seaweeds such as Plocamium cartilagineum, Nitophyllum punctatum and Spyridia filamentosa may also be present. This biotope description may need expansion to account for oyster beds in England.|
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