Sagartia ornata (Holdsworth, 1855)

Sagartia ornata

Description: This species is usually green or brown and rarely exceeds 15mm across its base. It was considered to be synonymous with Sagartia troglodytes until recently, but is a distinct species according to enzyme electrophoresis results.

Habitat: Shallow water and lower shore, often amongst mussels.

Distribution: Widespread around the British Isles, but records are few due to previous synonymy with Sagartia troglodytes.

Key Identification Features:

Distribution Map from BioMar data for Ireland - Google Earth map:  download this placemark (not got Google Earth installed?)

Distribution Map from NBN: Grid map (fast) : Interactive map (slow, requires login to view records) : National Biodiversity Network mapping facility, data for UK.

 Picton, B.E. & Morrow, C.C. (2015). Sagartia ornata (Holdsworth, 1855). [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland. Accessed on 2015-9-4

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