Marine, intertidal, sand, partially exposed, eulittoral

These sands begin to have some silt mixed in with them and are more stable, making them a more favorable environment for burrowing and for deposit-feeding organisms. These habitats are found in bays with some wave action. The shallow water fish fauna in these habitats provides food for seals and for a variety of local and migratory birds, including mew gulls, grebes, and great blue herons.

Habitat attributes

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Class name: 
Marine, intertidal, sand, partially exposed, eulittoral
38.0 km (in WA)
Primary substrate: 
Secondary substrate: 
Tertiary substrate: 
Substrate stability: 
Substrate key details: 
Sand, no stable features
Wave exposure: 
Semi-exposed, Semi-protected
Blue book classes: 
Marine intertidal sand: Semi-protected
Map/survey site examples: 
West Beach (Whidbey), Kydaka Beach, Eagle Cove
Fish sampling sites: 
Beach Seine: Kydaka Beach, Eagle Cove
Diagnostic species: 
  • Macoma secta
  • Angulus modestus
  • Nutricola
  • Leptosynapta clarki
  • Leptochelia savignyi
  • Dendraster excentricus
  • Neotrypaea
  • Psettichthys melanostictus
  • Amphistichus rhodoterus
  • Citharichthys stigmaeus
  • Platichthys stellatus
  • Parophrys vetulus
  • Hexagrammos stelleri
VEC common associates: 
Cancer spp.
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