|General Information||Taxonomy and identification||General biology||Habitat preferences and distribution||Reproduction and longevity||Sensitivity||Importance|
Image Keith Hiscock - The seaweed Furcellaria lumbricalis, plant with fertile branches. Image width ca 15 cm.
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Furcellaria lumbricalis is not listed under any importance categories.
|Researched by:||Will Rayment||Refereed by:||Dr Stefan Kraan|
|Recorded distribution in Britain and Ireland||Occurs around all coasts of Britain and Ireland. There is a paucity of records from eastern England and the east coast of Ireland which may reflect a lack of suitable substrata.|
|Habitat information||Furcellaria lumbricalis typically grows on rock and stones in the shallow subtidal to a depth of 20 m on sheltered to moderately exposed coasts. Although Furcellaria lumbricalis has been recorded in depths up to 30 m or more in clear water it is rarely found that deeply, especially around the UK, and one would expect to find it to depths of around 10 m. It also occurs in rockpools in the eulittoral. The holdfast is often covered by coarse, sandy deposits. Tolerates sand cover.|
|Description||A reddish brown to brownish black seaweed with glossy, cartilaginous, cylindrical fronds, branching dichotomously 6 to 11 times. The fronds rise from a much branched holdfast up to 25 mm in diameter. The reproductive bodies occur as pod-like structures at the ends of the branches. The seaweed grows up to about 30 cm in length.|
This review can be cited as follows:
Will Rayment 2008. Furcellaria lumbricalis. A red seaweed. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 19/06/2013]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/speciesfullreview.php?speciesID=3356>