Biodiversity & Conservation

Species

Information on 873 marine species around the coasts of Britain and Ireland can be viewed below. Advanced reviews include information on the biology, distribution, life history and likely sensitivity to human activities and natural events, and are peer reviewed where possible. Intermediate pages provide an overview of a species, similar to that found in an ID guide. Basic information is provided for younger users. Use of information on these web pages are subject to MarLIN's terms and conditions.

Species information can be browsed below. The species are arranged by major group. Alternatively, you may browse by taxonomy or search for species using a range of tools.

Animals (Animalia)


Sponges
(Porifera)


Sea anemones, corals, sea firs & jellyfish
(Cnidaria)


Sea gooseberries & comb jellies
(Ctenophora)


Flatworms
(Platyhelminthes)


Ribbon worms
(Nemertina)


Spoon worms
(Echiura)


Peanut worms
(Sipuncula)


Snails, slugs, mussels, cockles, clams & squid
(Mollusca)


Segmented worms e.g. ragworms, tubeworms & fanworms
(Annelida)


Arthropods, joint-legged animals, e.g. insects, crustaceans & spiders
(Arthropoda)


Horseshoe worms
(Phoronida)


Sea mats, horn wrack & lace corals
(Bryozoa)


Lamp shells
(Brachiopoda)


Starfish, brittlestars, sea urchins & sea cucumbers
(Echinodermata)


Sea squirts, fish, reptiles, birds and mammals
(Chordata)

Red and green seaweeds, stoneworts & flowering plants (Plantae)


Red seaweeds
(Rhodophyta)


Green seaweeds and stoneworts
(Chlorophyta)


Seagrass, tassel weeds, reeds, sea pink & grasses
(Angiospermophyta)

Brown and yellow-green seaweeds (Chromista)


Brown and yellow-green seaweeds
(Ochrophyta)

Lichens (Fungi)


Sac fungi
(Ascomycota)