Calliblepharis ciliata (Hudson) Kützing

Calliblepharis ciliata

Description: An erect blade rising from a branched holdfast with a short stipe. The cartilaginous blade, which may be irregularly divided, grows to 30 cms long and up to 7cms broad. The margins are fringed with simple outgrowths 5 mm long. The plant shows considerable variation.

Habitat: Usually epilithic in rock pools or in the upper sublittoral to depths of 25 m.

Distribution: Widely distributed around the western coasts of the British Isles including northern Scotland, Ireland, Wales, the south coast of England also the Isle of Man. Europe: Mediterranean, Portugal, Spain and France. Further afield: Mauretania.

Similar Species: Calliblepharis jubata, however the proliferations of the blade of C.ciliata are rarely more than 5 mm long, those of C.jubata can grow to 30 mm.

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

 Morton, O. & Picton, B.E. (2016). Calliblepharis ciliata (Hudson) Kützing. [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland.
https://www.habitas.org.uk/marinelife/species.asp?item=ZM6820 Accessed on 2024-03-01

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