|General Information||Taxonomy and identification||General biology||Habitat preferences and distribution||Reproduction and longevity||Sensitivity||Importance|
Image Francis Bunker - Lithophyllum incrustans. Image width ca 7 cm.
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Lithophyllum incrustans is not listed under any importance categories.
|Researched by:||Dr Keith Hiscock||Refereed by:||Dr Yvonne Chamberlain|
|Recorded distribution in Britain and Ireland||Present all around the British Isles but rarer on the east coast between Yorkshire and east Kent. Encrusting coralline species are difficult to distinguish and few surveys record to species level. Its distribution is probably under recorded.|
|Habitat information||Found on a wide range of hard rock substrata but may be unable to settle and grow well on soft rocks such as chalk, which is a major substratum type in the southeast of England. Present in rockpools and under algae in the littoral and usually covering rocks on the lower shore and sublittoral fringe. More rarely present in the sublittoral although only recorded in the sublittoral on the Sussex and Kent coast (Y. Chamberlain, pers. comm..).|
|Description||Calcified smooth pink or greyish pink crusts on rock, shells and holdfasts. Convoluted ridges present where neighbouring crusts meet. May become bleached when exposed to strong sunlight.|
This review can be cited as follows:
Dr Keith Hiscock 2003. Lithophyllum incrustans. An encrusting coralline alga. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 24/05/2013]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/speciesfullreview.php?speciesID=3708>