Marine, intertidal, sand, semi -protected, eulittoral

These sands have some silt mixed in with them and are more stable than wave-exposed sands, making them a more favorable environment for burrowing and for deposit-feeding organisms. These habitats are found in bays and inlets with relatively little wave action, and may be bordered at their upper edges by salt marshes. 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, semi -protected, eulittoral
22.0 km (in WA)
Primary substrate: 
Secondary substrate: 
Tertiary substrate: 
Substrate stability: 
Substrate key details: 
Sand, no stable features
Wave exposure: 
Blue book classes: 
Marine intertidal sand: Semi-protected
Map/survey site examples: 
Pillar Point, Crescent Beach
Fish sampling sites: 
Beach Seine: Neah Bay
Diagnostic species: 
  • Macoma secta
  • Angulus modestus
  • Nutricola
  • Leptosynapta clarki
  • Leptochelia savignyi
  • Dendraster excentricus
  • Neotrypaea
  • Hypomesus pretiosus
  • Parophrys vetulus
  • Leptocottus armatus
  • Apodichthys flavidus
  • Platichthys stellatus
VEC common associates: 
Cancer spp.
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