RHODOPHYTA : CORALLINALES : CorallinaceaeRED ALGAE

Corallina officinalis Linnaeus


Corallina officinalis

Description: Thallus calcareous, articulated, branching from a crustose base to a hight of about 12 cms. Branches pinnate or irregular.

Habitat: Abundant and dominant in some rock pools of the littoral and in the sublittoral to at least 18 m. Epilithic.

Distribution: All around the British Isles. Europe: Azores, Portugal, Spain, Netherlands, Baltic Sea, Norway, Faroes and Iceland. Greenland. Atlantic coasts of North America from Labrador south to Connecticut and Maryland. Further afield: Arctic Sea, Canary Islands and South Africa.

Similar Species: Corallina elongata and Haliptilon squamatum.

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.



 Morton, O. & Picton, B.E., 2010. [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland
http://www.habitas.org.uk/marinelife/species.asp?item=ZM4040

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