BIOTIC Species Information for Axinella dissimilis
Researched byAngus Jackson Data supplied byMarLIN
Refereed byThis information is not refereed.
Distribution and Habitat
Distribution in Britain & IrelandPresent at a few sites around Mull, the south west of England and the western extremities of Wales. In Ireland there are records from the south east, the south west, and along the Atlantic coast round to the north east.
Global distributionSouth western British Isles, the Channel Isles, Atlantic coasts of France and Spain. Recorded also from Iceland.
Biogeographic rangeNot researched Depth range? - 100+
MigratoryNon-migratory / Resident   
Distribution Additional InformationKonnecker (1977) also records Axinella dissimilis as an offshore species found on rock patches surrounded by shell gravel or coarse sand. In the Channel Islands, Brittany and Lough Hyne, Co. Cork the species also occurs on infralittoral bedrock (Picton & Costello, 1997). The sponge is recorded from depths of at least 100 m (Cabioch, 1968)

Substratum preferencesBedrock
Large to very large boulders
Physiographic preferencesOpen coast
Offshore seabed
Biological zoneLower Infralittoral
Upper Circalittoral
Lower Circalittoral
Wave exposureExtremely Exposed
Very Exposed
Moderately Exposed
Tidal stream strength/Water flowInsufficient information
SalinityFull (30-40 psu)
Habitat Preferences Additional Information
Distribution References JNCC, 1999, Picton & Costello, 1998, Moss & Ackers, 1982, Cabioch, 1968, Konnecker, 1977, Konnecker, 1973,
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