|RHODOPHYTA : CERAMIALES : Delesseriaceae||RED ALGAE|
Description: Thallus foliose, attached by a short stipe with flat red fronds, up to 15 cms wide showing blue iridescence. Branching in fan-like manner, without veins. The apices of the branches are pointed and may reattach to the surface in older plants.
Habitat: Common. Epilithic in exposed sublittoral sites in clear water to depths of 30 m.
Distribution: Sublittoral in the British Isles in large patches mainly on south-westerly coasts but recorded from the Shetlands. Europe: Meditrranean and France.
Similar Species: Other species with fan-shaped blades. See Drachiella heterocarpa and Rhodophyllis divaricata
Key Identification Features:
Distribution Map from NBN: Interactive map : National Biodiversity Network mapping facility, data for UK.
WoRMS: Species record : World Register of Marine Species.
|Morton, O. & Picton, B.E. (2016). Drachiella spectabilis Ernst et J Feldmann. [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland. |
http://www.habitas.org.uk/marinelife/species.asp?item=ZM9600 Accessed on 2017-10-20
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