|CNIDARIA : FILIFERA : Bougainvilliidae||SEA ANEMONES AND HYDROIDS|
Description: An irregular bushy hydroid, forming a colony which is somewhat conical in outline. The individual polyps are athecate with two rings of tentacles angled to each other. The reproductive structures produce free-swimming medusae. Colonies measure 70-120mm in height, polyps are about 3mm in length.
Habitat: Usually in fairly wave sheltered conditions, often in slightly reduced salinity.
Distribution: Widespread in the British Isles.
Similar Species: A rather non-descript straggly hydroid, with no good distinguishing features.
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., 2010. [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland |
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