BIOTIC Species Information for Ceramium virgatum
Researched byDr Keith Hiscock and Paolo Pizzolla Data supplied byMarLIN
Refereed byDr Fabio Rindi
General Biology
Growth formFiliform
Feeding methodPhotoautotroph
Mobility/MovementPermanent attachment
Environmental positionEpifloral
Typical food typesNot relevant HabitAttached
BioturbatorNot relevant FlexibilityHigh (>45 degrees)
FragilityIntermediate SizeMedium-large(21-50cm)
Height Growth RateInsufficient information
Adult dispersal potentialNone DependencyIndependent
General Biology Additional InformationCeramium virgatum colonizes rock and algal habitats from the midshore in rockpools to the open shore near to low water level and in the shallow subtidal (see Maggs & Hommersand, 1993). It also grows attached to the leaves of Zostera marina (see, for instance, Whelan & Cullinane, 1985). It occurs on bedrock through to pebbles. Dickinson (1963) notes that the species is either perennial or pseudoperennial. Settlement onto new surfaces can be rapid. For instance, panels were colonized within a month of being placed in Langstone Harbour (Brown et al., 2001)
Biology References Dickinson, 1963, Brown et al., 2001, Maggs & Hommersand, 1993, Edwards, 1973, Whelan & Cullinane, 1985,
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