Blue mussel beds - Mytilus edulis beds on sublittoral 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 distribution of Mytilus edulis beds on sublittoral sediments. Found in areas of moderately strong to strong water movement in relatively shallow areas in both full and variable salinities. The mussel beds act to stabilise the sea bed sediments creating a habitat that support a dense community of animals. It is recorded from only a few locations around the coast.

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