Red sea fingers (Alcyonium glomeratum)
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Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandAlcyonium glomeratum is mainly found on the south and west coasts of Britain and Ireland but occurs as far north as western Scotland.
HabitatOn bedrock in gullies and caves at locations sheltered from strong wave action below 10 -15 m. It can also be found on more open coasts in the far south west.
- Irregular lobed form.
- Lobes up to 30 cm high.
- Lobes slender, not more than 2 cm wide.
- Blood red or rust in colour.
- Polyps always white.
Additional informationMay be confused with Alcyonium digitatum.
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Last Updated: 17/04/2008