Acrosorium venulosum (Zanardini) Kylin

Acrosorium venulosum

Description: Thallus erect to 15 cm long, fan-shaped with the monostromatic lamina deeply divided into long narrow branches 3 - 10 mm wide and pointed. These branch with irregular small dentations or teeth, some hooked and sickle-shaped. Only microscopic veins present, macroscopic veins are never present.

Habitat: Epiphytic or on corallines on rock, epiphytic, epizoic in deep low-littoral pools and sublittorally to 30 m.

Distribution: Mainly on the west coasts of the British Isles north to Orkney and south to Channel Islands. Europe: Mediterranean, Azores, Portugal, Atlantic coasts of Spain and France. Further afield: Canary Islands and South Africa.

Similar Species: Cryptopleura ramosa may appear similar but the hooks are marginal rather than marginal and terminal and the veins are only microscopic.

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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