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Lanice conchilega

(Pallas, 1766)

Keith Hiscock Watch-out, they'll be declaring them 'Reefs' next and the full force of the Habitats Directive ably assisted by bureaucrats without relevant knowledge, experience or common sense will come to bear. Or - is that a bit cruel?

Andrew Mackie Question has been posed several times already Keith,e.g., Rabaut, M., Vincx, M., Degraer, S., 2009. Do Lanice conchilega (sandmason) aggregations classify as reefs? Quantifying habitat modifying effects. Helgol. Mar. Res. 63, 37-46. and by Ruth Callaway (Swansea University) http://archimer.ifremer.fr/doc/00011/12222/9284.pdf

Becky Hitchin Yep, it's something that's lurking around the back cupboards at work

Animalia (Kingdom)
  Annelida (Phylum)
    Polychaeta (Class)
      Canalipalpata (Subclass)
        Terebellida (Order)
          Terebellomorpha (Suborder)
            Terebellidae (Family)
              Terebellinae (Subfamily)
                Lanice (Genus)
                  Lanice conchilega (Species)
Associated Species