Flustra foliacea (Linnaeus, 1758)


Flustra foliacea

Description: This bryozoan consists of branching flat fronds and is sometimes mistaken for a seaweed.

Habitat: A typical species of sand-scoured areas, attached to bedrock, boulders and cobbles.

Distribution: Common and widespread throughout the British Isles.

Similar Species: Several other bryozoans are similar in shape and habit, but smaller. Securiflustra securifrons has narrower blades which tend to be divided into wedge-shaped segments.

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. (2015). Flustra foliacea (Linnaeus, 1758). [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland. Accessed on 2015-9-4

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