BIOTIC Species Information for Victorella pavida
Researched byMichelle Carter & Angus Jackson Data supplied byMarLIN
Refereed byThis information is not refereed.
Distribution and Habitat
Distribution in Britain & IrelandIn the British Isles, Victorella pavida is only found in Swanpool: a brackish water lagoon near Falmouth in Cornwall.
Global distributionVarious sites on the southern shores of the North Sea on the European Mainland. Common in the Mediterranean. Also reported from India, the Black Sea, the Baltic, Brazil, the eastern United States and Japan.
Biogeographic rangeNot researched Depth range5m
MigratoryNot relevant   
Distribution Additional Information

The salinity of Swanpool is highly variable (0.5-22 psu) (Carter, 2004). A culvert connects the lagoon to the sea, with the incursion of seawater occurring on very high tides such as spring tides. At the northern end of Swanpool, the lagoon is fed freshwater from the Tregoniggie stream as well as diffuse drainage from a local catchment (Gainey, 1997; Evans, 2003).

Victorella pavida can grow on any hard surface and in Swanpool can be found growing on concrete surfaces, stones, traffic cones and mainly %Phragmites australis%.

Substratum preferencesArtificial (e.g. metal/wood/concrete)
Other species (see additional information)
Physiographic preferencesIsolated saline water (Lagoon)
Biological zoneLagoonal
Wave exposureNot relevant
Tidal stream strength/Water flowInsufficient information
SalinitySee additional Information
Habitat Preferences Additional Information
Distribution References Hayward, 1985, Carter, 2004, Dorey et al., 1973,
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