Biodiversity & Conservation

Ceramium sp. and piddocks on eulittoral fossilized peat



Image Rohan Holt - Piddock bored rock with red algae. Image width ca 1 m (foreground).
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Distribution map

LR.HLR.FR.RPid recorded (dark blue bullet) and expected (light blue bullet) distribution in Britain and Ireland (see below)

  • EC_Habitats

Marine natural heritage importance

Listed under EC Habitats Directive
National importance Rare
Habitat Directive feature (Annex 1) Reefs
Large shallow inlets and bays

Biotope importance

No information found.


Piddocks may be consumed and there has been concern about collection (that involves habitat destruction) in chalk areas of Kent (K. Hiscock, pers. comm.).

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This review can be cited as follows:

Budd, G.C. 2008. Ceramium sp. and piddocks on eulittoral fossilized peat. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 25/11/2015]. Available from: <>