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Image David Connor - Pool in Pelvetia zone Corallina officinalis and coralline crusts (LR.Cor). Image width ca 50 cm.
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LR.LR.Rkp.Cor recorded () and expected () distribution in Britain and Ireland (see below)
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|Habitat Directive feature (Annex 1)||Reefs
Large shallow inlets and bays
Corallina officinalis turf provides substratum for various epiphytes, and supports a diverse, species rich invertebrate community due to its provision of interstices and build up of sediment within its fronds. This community includes harpacticoid copepods, amphipods, ostracods and isopods and the serpulid Spirorbis corallinae, which is rarely found on other algae (Dommasnes, 1968; Crisp & Mwaiseje 1989; Grahame & Hanna 1989; Bamber & Irving, 1993; Hull, 1997).
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This review can be cited as follows:
Budd, G.C. 2002. Corallina officinalis and coralline crusts in shallow eulittoral rockpools.. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 22/05/2013]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/habitatimportance.php?habitatid=240&code=1997>