Northern seafan and sponge communities - Deep sponge communities (circalittoral) (Priority Marine Feature) (SNH WMS)
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The Priority Marine Feature (PMF) list contains 81 habitats and species considered to be of conservation importance in Scotland's seas. It includes many features which are characteristic of the Scottish marine environment, ranging from flame shell beds in coastal waters, to cold-water coral reefs of the deeper seas, and mobile species such as minke whale and basking shark.
This layer shows the distribution of deep sponge communities (circalittoral) in the Scottish marine environment. These are found off the west of the Hebrides and the north-east coast of Shetland as well as a few other locations along the west coast. They are very diverse communities with the majority of UK records from Scotland.