Biodiversity & Conservation

Erect sponges, Eunicella verrucosa and Pentapora fascialis on slightly tide-swept moderately exposed circalittoral rock.

CR.MCR.XFa.ErSEun


MCR.ErSEun

Image Rohan Holt - Bedrock with the sea fan Eunicella verrucosa, the soft coral Alcyonium glomeratum and the stalked sponge Raspailia ramosa amongst a hydroid turf. Image width ca 1.0 m.
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Distribution map

CR.MCR.XFa.ErSEun 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

Recorded in southern England from Dorset westwards, in the Isles of Scilly and on the north coasts of Devon and Cornwall, Lundy and Skomer. One record from Bardsey Island in north Wales (without %Eunicella verrucosa%) and also from several locations on the west coast of Ireland including Donegal and Bantry Bays.

Habitat preferences

Temperature range preferences - Data deficient

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

Limiting Nutrients - Data deficient

Other preferences -

Additional information

Recorded distribution is only for the representative biotope MCR.ErSEun. For recorded distributions of the other biotopes represented by this review see MERMAID. Apart from perhaps MCR.ErSSwi, the biotopes represented by this review have a silt component suggesting that localized shelter may be important in encouraging their development.


This review can be cited as follows:

Jackson, A. & Hiscock, K. 2000. Erect sponges, Eunicella verrucosa and Pentapora fascialis on slightly tide-swept moderately exposed circalittoral rock.. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 28/11/2014]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/habitatpreferences.php?habitatid=77&code=1997>