Cordylecladia erecta (Greville) J Agardh

Cordylecladia erecta

Description: Simple erect terete fronds 11 cms long with few irregular branches growing upwards from a discoid holdfast. Bright to dark red in colour.

Habitat: Epilithic, generally sublittoral to 30 m.

Distribution: Generally western around the British Isles including the Shetlands but being sublittoral and probably under-recorded. Europe: Atlantic coasts of Spain and France.

Similar Species: Said to be sometimes confused with Gracilaria gracilis, the latter is however elastic and grows to 60 cms or more in length.

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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