Sarsia eximia (Allman, 1859)

Sarsia eximia

Description: This hydroid forms straggly masses of fine tubular stems with pink polyps at the tips. The polyps consist of an elongate body bearing tentacles with knobbed tips scattered around the body in an irregular arrangement. Main stems measure 30mm in length and individual polyps about 3mm.

Habitat: Found attached to kelp fronds and rocks in shallow water exposed to strong tidal streams.

Distribution: Widespread around the British Isles.

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

 Picton, B.E. & Morrow, C.C. (2016). Sarsia eximia (Allman, 1859). [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland. Accessed on 2016-10-23

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