BIOTIC Species Information for Pentapora fascialis
Researched byAngus Jackson Data supplied byMarLIN
Refereed byDr Peter J. Hayward
Distribution and Habitat
Distribution in Britain & IrelandCommon along the South coast of England as far east as Beachy Head. Also the south west, the western extremities of Wales and the Isle of Man. In Ireland present along the south west and north coasts. Scarce records from the Hebrides and St Kilda.
Global distributionPentapora fascialis is also found in the western Mediterranean and Adriatic.
Biogeographic rangeNot researched Depth range11 - 80m
MigratoryNon-migratory / Resident   
Distribution Additional InformationOff Lundy in the Bristol Channel, most common below 18 m and abundant between 25 -34 m (Hayward & Ryland, 1979). Pentapora fascialis is recorded as settling on artificial substrata in the Ligurian sea (Geraci, 1974 cited in Cocito et al., 1998(b) Pentapora fascialis is recorded as being present (off the British Isles) in temperatures between 8 & 14 °C and salinity of 34.5 psu (Patzold et al., 1987).

Substratum preferencesBedrock
Artificial (e.g. metal/wood/concrete)
Large to very large boulders
Physiographic preferencesOpen coast
Offshore seabed
Biological zoneLower Infralittoral
Upper Circalittoral
Lower Circalittoral
Wave exposureVery Exposed
Moderately Exposed
Tidal stream strength/Water flowStrong (3-6 kn)
Moderately Strong (1-3 kn)
SalinityFull (30-40 psu)
Habitat Preferences Additional Information
Distribution References Hayward et al., 1996, Patzold et al., 1987, Cocito et al., 1998(a), Sala et al., 1996, Bruce et al., 1963, MBA, 1957, JNCC, 1999, Picton & Costello, 1998, Hayward & Ryland, 1979, Cocito et al., 1998(b),
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