Drachiella spectabilis Ernst et J Feldmann

Drachiella spectabilis

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: 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). Drachiella spectabilis Ernst et J Feldmann. [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland.
https://www.habitas.org.uk/marinelife/species.asp?item=ZM9600 Accessed on 2024-03-01

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