Blue mussel beds - Mytilus edulis and Fabricia sabella in littoral mixed sediment (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 Mytilus edulis and Fabricia sabella in littoral mixed sediment. This is a particular form of mussel bed comprising high densities of juvenile blue mussels on pebbles, gravel and sand forming a thin bed with the fan worm (Fabricia sabella), along with other bivalve molluscs and worms. It is found exclusively in the Dornoch and Moray Firths.