Alcyonidium diaphanum (Hudson, 1778)

Alcyonidium diaphanum

Description: This is a fleshy bryozoan, which is sometimes mistaken for a tunicate or sponge. It consists of thin finger-like growths, variously branched or webbed together. When undisturbed small white zooids with a crown of tentacles emerge from all surfaces.

Habitat: Very common in the sublittoral zone in a wide range of habitats, attached to rocks or shells.

Distribution: Widespread all round the British Isles.

Similar Species: Some other species of Alcyonidium are similar and others are encrusting.

Key Identification Features:

Distribution Map: NBN map : National Biodiversity Network mapping facility, data for UK.

WoRMS: Species record : World Register of Marine Species.

iNaturalist: Species account : iNaturalist World Species Observations database

 Picton, B.E. & Morrow, C.C. (2016). Alcyonidium diaphanum (Hudson, 1778). [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland. Accessed on 2024-05-22

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