BIOTIC Species Information for Furcellaria lumbricalis
Researched byWill Rayment Data supplied byMarLIN
Refereed byThis information is not refereed.
Distribution and Habitat
Distribution in Britain & IrelandOccurs around all coasts of Britain and Ireland. There is a paucity of records from eastern England which may reflect a lack of suitable substrata.
Global distributionIn Europe, from northern Norway to the Bay of Biscay, including the Faroe Islands and the Baltic Sea. Possibly occurs in Greenland and Iceland. In North America, occurs in Newfoundland and the Gulf of St Lawrence and its outer coasts.
Biogeographic rangeNot researched Depth rangeIn pools in eulittoral to 30m
MigratoryNon-migratory / Resident   
Distribution Additional InformationAround Prince Edward Island, Canada, Furcellaria lumbricalis is sometimes found growing epiphytically on Phyllophora sp. (Sharp et al., 1993).

Substratum preferencesBedrock
Large to very large boulders
Small boulders
Water column (pelagic)
Physiographic preferencesStrait / sound
Enclosed coast / Embayment
Biological zoneUpper Eulittoral
Lower Eulittoral
Upper Infralittoral
Upper Circalittoral
Upper Eulittoral
Mid Eulittoral
Sublittoral Fringe
Lower Infralittoral
Wave exposureExposed
Moderately Exposed
Very Sheltered
Extremely Sheltered
Tidal stream strength/Water flowModerately Strong (1-3 kn)
Weak (<1 kn)
Very Weak (negligible)
SalinityVariable (18-40 psu)
Reduced (18-30 psu)
Low (<18 psu)
Habitat Preferences Additional Information
Distribution References Dickinson, 1963, Fish & Fish, 1996, Dixon & Irvine, 1977, Bird et al., 1991, Austin, 1960a, Austin, 1960b, Levring et al., 1969, Norton, 1985, Sharp et al., 1993, Hardy & Guiry, 2003,
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