An enriched Chaetopterus tube mat biotope in the eastern English Channel

E. I. S. Rees, Melanie Bergmann, M. Galanidi, Hilmar Hinz, Richard Shucksmith, M. J. Kaiser

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Patches of a very dense tube mat biotope were found during fish habitat studies in the eastern English Channel. At three locations in the lows between linear sand banks off the French coast an un-described small Chaetopterus sp. occurred with small Lanice conchilega as an enriched sediment stabilizing biotope. This biotope was distinct though having similarities to other tide swept subtidal biotopes dominated by L. conchilega. Using cameras and side-scan sonar it was seen to overlay heterogeneous cobbles and shell hash with intermittent rippled sand veneer. The patchiness of this enriching biogenic feature contributed to the variability in trawl catches of fish.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)323-326
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aquatic Science


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