AA.G Baltic photic peat bottoms


HELCOM RED LIST Biotope Expert Team

Textual description

Baltic bottoms in the photic zone with at least 90 % coverage of peat bottoms

Physical environment

Salinity range: (7.5-18 psu); exposure range: All; Depth range: from 0 to

Characteristic species

No macrophytes

Mapping advise (habitat delineation, identification, similar types)

Subfossile substrata laid bare by currents or protruding in gullies.

Quality descriptors

Size of area

Geographic range

Southern Baltic Sea

Anthropogenic threats

Dredging, construction, eutrophication, other pollution, coastal defense

Correspondence with other classification systems

HELCOM 1998:

2.11 Peat bottoms

2.11.1 Sublittoral peat bottoms

2.11.2 Hydrolittoral peat bottoms

Habitat types generally associated in the field

AA.J Baltic photic sand

 related information

This biotope has been listed as Vulnerable (VU) in the HELCOM Red List of Baltic Sea biotopes and habitats.

See the Biotope Information Sheet of AA.G