Phymatolithon calcareum (Pallas) Adey et McKibbin

Phymatolithon calcareum

Description: Unattached branched and calcareous thalli to 6 mm diameter. Attached thalli unknown in the British Isles but have been recorded elsewhere.

Habitat: The unattached plants form maerl beds in the sublittoral in sheltered areas.

Distribution: British Isles: common and widely distributed on southern and western coasts. Europe: Mediterranean, Atlantic coast of Spain and France, Baltic Sea and Norway. Further afield: Arctic Sea and Canary Islands.

Similar Species: Lithothamnion corallioides.

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

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