|RHODOPHYTA : CORALLINALES : Corallinaceae||RED ALGAE|
Description: Thallus encrusting, flat and firmly attached, up to 5 cm in diameter. Large raised conceptacles with dark centre.
Habitat: Very common. Epiphytic often on Furcellaria and Laminaria but also other species. Mid-littoral and sub-littoral to over 40 m depth.
Distribution: Very common around the British Isles. Europe: Mediterranean, Portugal, Atlantic coasts of Spain and France, Baltic Sea and Norway. Atlantic coast of North America: Canada, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Virginia and Florida. Further afield: West Indies, Canary Islands, Senegal and Cape Verde Isles, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
Similar Species: Hildenbrandia is much finer, epilithic and does not have large raised conceptacles.
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: JNCC MNCR Seasearch data - Grid map : Interactive map : National Biodiversity Network mapping facility, data for UK.
|Morton, O. & Picton, B.E., 2010. [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland |
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