HELCOM RED LIST Biotope Expert Team
Baltic aphotic zone bottoms with at least 90 % coverage of coarse sediment. Coarse sediment has less than 20 % of mud/silt/clay fraction (<63 µm), and the proportion of gravel and pebbles (grain size 2–63 mm) exceeds 30% of the combined gravel and sand fraction .Biomass of infaunal crustaceans dominates and is highest in the group that includes infaunal bivalves/polychaetes/crustaceans/echinoderms/insect larvae. Out of the infaunal crustaceans, Bathyporeia pilosa constitutes at least 50 % of the biomass.
is muddy sediment. Appears in moderate to high energy exposure areas.
abundance and biomass of fauna
2.4 Gravel bottoms
2.4.1 Aphotic zone
A5 Sublittoral sediment
A5.1 Sublittoral coarse sediment
A5.11 Infralittoral coarse sediment in low or reduced salinity
A5.114 : Baltic gravel bottoms of the aphotic zone
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