Biodiversity & Conservation

Himanthalia elongata and red seaweeds on exposed lower eulittoral rock

LR.HLR.FR.Him


ELR.Him

Image Keith Hiscock - Himanthalia elongata and Laminaria digitata on lower shore bedrock. Image width ca XX cm.
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Distribution map

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


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Recorded distribution in Britain and Ireland

Present on the Orkney and Shetland Isles, north east coast of Britain, the south west, the Welsh coast and the west coast of Scotland. Also present on the west coast of Ireland.

Habitat preferences

Temperature range preferences - Field unresearched

Water clarity preferences - High clarity / Low turbidity
Medium clarity / Medium turbidity

Limiting Nutrients - Nitrogen (nitrates)

Other preferences -

Additional information

Nitrogen is the primary resource that limits seaweed growth and consequently variations in seaweed growth should parallel variations in nitrogen supply (Lobban & Harrison, 1997).


This review can be cited as follows:

Budd, G.C. 2002. Himanthalia elongata and red seaweeds on exposed lower eulittoral rock. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 31/08/2014]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/habitatpreferences.php?habitatid=360&code=2004>