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

An erect bryozoan (Bugula neritina)

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




Recorded distribution in Britain and Ireland


Global distribution

Found in New Zealand and along Atlantic and Gulf coasts of Florida, U.S.A. Sparse and disparate records exist from Belgian coast, Greece (Ionian & Adriatic Seas), Californian coast of U.S.A., Hawaii, Bay of Bengal and Australia.



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    1. Centre for Environmental Data and Recording, 2018. Ulster Museum Marine Surveys of Northern Ireland Coastal Waters. Occurrence dataset accessed via on 2018-09-25.

    2. Fenwick, 2018. Aphotomarine. Occurrence dataset Accessed via on 2018-10-01

    3. Kent Wildlife Trust, 2018. Kent Wildlife Trust Shoresearch Intertidal Survey 2004 onwards. Occurrence dataset: accessed via on 2018-10-01.

    4. NBN (National Biodiversity Network) Atlas. Available from:

    5. OBIS (Ocean Biogeographic Information System),  2019. Global map of species distribution using gridded data. Available from: Ocean Biogeographic Information System. Accessed: 2019-05-25

    6. West Wales Biodiversity Information Centre, 2018. INNS Data: All Taxa (West Wales). Occurrence dataset: accessed via on 2018-10-02.


    This review can be cited as:

    Bilewitch, J. 2009. Bugula neritina An erect bryozoan. 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 25-05-2019]. Available from:

    Last Updated: 28/07/2009