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Glaucus pimplet (Anthopleura thallia)

Distribution data supplied by the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS). To interrogate UK data visit the NBN Atlas.

Researched byEmily Wilson Refereed byAdmin
Authority(Gosse, 1854)
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Summary

Description

An anemone, green, brown or greyish in colour, sometimes with a reddish overcast. The tentacles can be any colour, are moderate in length, up to 100. The base is lightly adherent and the column is tall, typically trumpet-shaped and covered with warts which invariably have gravel stuck to them.

Recorded distribution in Britain and Ireland

Recorded from the south-west of England, the Hebrides and Skokholm Island.

Global distribution

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Habitat

Occurs almost exclusively on rocky shores which are exposed to strong wave action, in pools, crevices, or amongst the dense aggregations of mussels often found on such shores. It prefers to bury itself beneath a layer of gravel if any is present.

Depth range

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Identifying features

  • Column tall, up to 50 mm.
  • Verrucae prominent, in irregular rows and increasing in size towards the parapet, usually with debris stuck to them.
  • Small acrorhagi present in fosse.

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Bibliography

  1. Campbell, A., 1994. Seashores and shallow seas of Britain and Europe. London: Hamlyn.

  2. Hayward, P., Nelson-Smith, T. & Shields, C. 1996. Collins pocket guide. Sea shore of Britain and northern Europe. London: HarperCollins.

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  7. National Biodiversity Network (NBN) Atlas website. Available from: http://www.nbnatlas.org.  Accessed 01 April 2017

  8. Stephenson, T.A., 1935. The British Sea Anemones, vol. 2. London: Ray Society.

Citation

This review can be cited as:

Wilson, E. 2003. Anthopleura thallia Glaucus pimplet. In Tyler-Walters H. and Hiscock K. (eds) Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Reviews, [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. Available from: http://www.marlin.ac.uk/species/detail/1214

Last Updated: 25/06/2003