BRYOZOA : CHEILOSTOMATIDA : BitectiporidaeSEA MATS

Schizomavella sarniensis Hayward & Thorpe, 1995


Schizomavella sarniensis

Description: This red encrusting bryozoan forms extensive patches on bedrock and boulders. It has a slightly bumpy or rough surface but consists of a single layer of zooids.

Habitat: Found in sand-scoured circalittoral habitats on bedrock and boulders.

Distribution: This appears to be a southern species in the British Isles, only being known from the south-eastern corner of Ireland and the Channel Isles. As it is a recently described species it may be more widespread.

Similar Species: This is the only bryozoan within the area known to form such extensive bright red patches in the sublittoral zone.

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
http://www.habitas.org.uk/marinelife/species.asp?item=Y4495

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