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Dercitus bucklandi (Bowerbank, 1858)


Dercitus bucklandi

Description: This sponge is usually found filling crevices in vertical rock faces. It has the appearance of a black membrane stretched across the back of the crevice.

Habitat: In crevices in vertical and overhanging rock faces, especially on limestone.

Distribution: Known recently from the west and southwest coasts of the British Isles.

Similar Species: This is the only thick black sponge known to be found in the British Isles.

Key Identification Features:

Distribution Map from NBN: Interactive map : National Biodiversity Network mapping facility, data for UK.

WoRMS: Species record : World Register of Marine Species.



 Picton, B.E. & Morrow, C.C. (2016). Dercitus bucklandi (Bowerbank, 1858). [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland.
http://www.habitas.org.uk/marinelife/species.asp?item=C1250 Accessed on 2017-07-27

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