|BRYOZOA : CHEILOSTOMATIDA : Bitectiporidae||SEA MATS|
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 |
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