information on the biology of species and the ecology of habitats found around the coasts and seas of the British Isles

Bearded red seaweed (Anotrichium barbatum)

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



A small, filamentous, rose-pink seaweed forming much-branched, extremely delicate tufts 2-6cm high.

Recorded distribution in Britain and Ireland

Isolated records at Cardigan Bay (between Pwllheli and Abersoch), Wales and Torquay.

Global distribution



Found on pebbles and gravel in old oyster beds.

Depth range


Identifying features

  • Whorl of branched hair-like filaments on younger vegetative cells, these filaments later bear the reproductive structures.
  • 2-6cm high.
  • Rose-pink in colour.

Additional information

There is no common name but 'bearded anotrichium' is proposed.

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Further information sources

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  1. Anonymous, 1999a. Anotrichium barbatum (a red alga). Species Action Plan. In UK Biodiversity Group. Tranche 2 Action Plans. English Nature for the UK Biodiversity Group, Peterborough., English Nature for the UK Biodiversity Group, Peterborough.

  2. Hardy, F.G. & Guiry, M.D., 2003. A check-list and atlas of the seaweeds of Britain and Ireland. London: British Phycological Society

  3. Howson, C.M. & Picton, B.E., 1997. The species directory of the marine fauna and flora of the British Isles and surrounding seas. Belfast: Ulster Museum. [Ulster Museum publication, no. 276.]

  4. JNCC (Joint Nature Conservation Committee), 1999. Marine Environment Resource Mapping And Information Database (MERMAID): Marine Nature Conservation Review Survey Database. [on-line]

  5. National Biodiversity Network (NBN) Atlas website. Available from:  Accessed 01 April 2017


This review can be cited as:

Wilson, E. 2003. Anotrichium barbatum Bearded red seaweed. 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. [cited 23-09-2018]. Available from:

Last Updated: 26/06/2003