Pink sea fan - Eunicella verrucosa - General information
Image Keith Hiscock - Two fans of Eunicella verrucosa showing the two morphs, pink and white. Image width ca 60 cm.
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| Researched by:
||Dr Keith Hiscock
|| Refereed by:
||This information is not refereed.
||Sea anemones, corals, sea firs & jellyfish
| Recorded distribution in Britain and Ireland
||Recorded northwards to north Pembrokeshire and eastwards to Portland Bill in Britain. Common in parts of south Devon and Cornwall and at Lundy. Present on the south and west coasts of Ireland but common only in Galway and Donegal Bays.
| Habitat information
||Found mainly on upward facing bedrock in areas where water movement (wave action or tidal streams) is moderately strong.
||The "pink" sea fan may be white to deep pink in colour. Colonies branch profusely and the branches are covered in warty protuberences from which the small anemone-like polyps emerge. Colonies may be up to 50 cm high but more often up to 25 cm and are usually oriented in one plane (at right angles to the prevailing water currents).
This review can be cited as follows:
Dr Keith Hiscock 2007.
Pink sea fan.
Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line].
Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom.
Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/speciesfullreview.php?speciesID=3317>