Membranipora membranacea (Linnaeus, 1767)

Membranipora membranacea

Description: This bryozoan forms lacy patches on kelp fronds. The individual zooids have transparent tops allowing the colour of the kelp to show through. Each zooid is rectangular.

Habitat: Typically on kelp, especially Laminaria hyperborea in the shallow sublittoral. Colonies grow towards the base of the kelp frond, as this is where the kelp grows from and therefore the colony does not all get shed when the kelp blades are shortened by winter storms.

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). Membranipora membranacea (Linnaeus, 1767). [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland. Accessed on 2024-06-14

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