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Image David Connor - Suberites spp. and other sponges with solitary ascidians on very sheltered circalittoral rock. Image width ca 20 cm.
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recorded () and expected () distribution in Britain and Ireland (see below)
|Distribution of biotope in Britain and Ireland||Recorded in Scotland in Loch Feochan and around Jura and Uist, along the south coast in Southampton docks, the rias of Devon and Cornwall and in Milford Haven and the Abereiddy Quarry Wales. In Ireland the biotope was found in Mulroy Bay and Bantry Bay.|
|National importance||Not available|
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Silty very sheltered circalittoral rock, (often vertical surfaces) subject to only weak tidal streams with a rich mixture of sponges (Polymastia boletiformis, Suberites carnosus, occasionally Suberites ficus, Iophon hyndmanni, Dysidea fragilis, Raspailia ramosa and Stelligera rigida) and a variety of large solitary ascidians (Ascidia virginea, Ascidiella aspersa, Ascidia mentula and, more rarely, Phallusia mammillata and Styela clava). (Information taken from the Marine Biotope Classification for Britain and Ireland, Version 97.06: Connor et al., 1997a, b).
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This review can be cited as follows:
Budd, G.C. 2002. Suberites spp. and other sponges with solitary ascidians on very sheltered circalittoral rock. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 18/05/2013]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/habitatsbasicinfo.php?habitatid=94&code=1997>