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Image Keith Hiscock - Algae attached to rock including Halidrys. Image width ca 60 cm.
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IR.SIR.K.Lsac.Pk recorded () and expected () distribution in Britain and Ireland (see below)
|Distribution of biotope in Britain and Ireland||Widely recorded on the west coast of Scotland and in Shetland especially in sheltered sea loch and voe habitats. Otherwise identified from Portland Harbour.|
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Silty rock with a Laminaria saccharina park (often the cape-form). Beneath the canopy, the bedrock and boulders are covered by coralline algal crusts and urchins such as Echinus esculentus and Psammechinus miliaris are present. Though present, foliose algae are less abundant than in the Laminaria hyperborea park (MIR.Lhyp.Pk) with the most common species being Phycodrys rubens and Delesseria sanguinea. The most conspicuous animals in this biotope are ascidians, particularly Ascidia mentula, Ciona intestinalis and Corella parallelogramma. (Information taken from the Marine Biotope Classification for Britain and Ireland, Version 97.06: Connor et al., 1997a, b). NB. Laminaria saccharina is now considered to be a synonym of Saccharina latissima.
This review can be cited as follows:
Hiscock, K. 2001. Laminaria saccharina park on very sheltered lower infralittoral rock. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 12/12/2013]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/habitatsbasicinfo.php?habitatid=357&code=1997>