BioMar survey of Kilkieran Bay and the Aran Islands area, Co. Galway, August 1993  

SE of Mussel Rock, Roskeeda Bay, Kilkieran Bay.


Dive number: 930824/02 Date: 24 August 1993

Site Description: The site was a deep depression in a shallow channel in the inner part of a sheltered fiard. It had steep mud slopes, and to the north-east a bedrock wall with boulders at the top. Habitat 1: A mud slope extended from 4 m to 14 m BCD with abundant Virgularia mirabilis and frequent Sagartiogeton undatus. Habitat 2: Silty boulders and bedrock extended from 6 - 17 m BCD and were covered by thinly encrusting sponges and Ascidia mentula. The sponges included Mycale contarenii, M. rotalis, Dysidea fragilis and Eurypon species. Habitat 3: A mud slope extended from 14 - 32 m BCD and had common Pachycerianthus multiplicatus.

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Subsite: Mud slope with Pachycerianthus multiplicatus. details

Subsite Description: Mud slope extended from 14 to 32 m BCD and had common Pachycerianthus multiplicatus.

Subsite: Mud slope with Virgularia mirabilis. details

Subsite Description: The mud slope extended from 4 to 14 m BCD with abundant Virgularia mirabilis and frequent Sagartiogeton undatus.

Subsite: Silty circalittoral bedrock with sponges. details

Subsite Description: Silty boulders and bedrock extended from 6 to 17 m BCD and were covered by thinly encrusting sponges and Ascidia mentula. The sponges included Mycale contarenii, M. rotalis, Dysidea fragilis and Eurypon species.

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Mycale contarenii
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Amphilectus fucorum
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Mycale rotalis
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Suberites ficus
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Tricheurypon viride
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Haliclona fistulosa
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Antennella secundaria
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Mycale rotalis, Dysidea fragilis, Cadlina laevis
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Haliclona cinerea
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Raspailia aculeata
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Eurypon
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Microciona armata
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Eurypon
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Eurypon
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Hymedesmia paupertas
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Tricheurypon viride
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Myoxocephalus scorpius
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Myoxocephalus scorpius

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