|BRYOZOA : CTENOSTOMATIDA : Alcyonidiidae||SEA MATS|
Description: This is a fleshy bryozoan, which is sometimes mistaken for a tunicate or sponge. It consists of thin finger-like growths, variously branched or webbed together. When undisturbed small white zooids with a crown of tentacles emerge from all surfaces.
Habitat: Very common in the sublittoral zone in a wide range of habitats, attached to rocks or shells.
Distribution: Widespread all round the British Isles.
Similar Species: Some other species of Alcyonidium are similar and others are encrusting.
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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