A bryozoan (Escharoides coccinea)
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Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandEscharoides coccinea is common on all British and Irish coasts.
Global distributionEscharoides coccinea is found from west Norway to the Mediterranean.
HabitatEscharoides coccinea is found on rocky coasts attached to hard substratum, stones, the holdfasts of Laminaria and below rocks on the lower shore and in shallow water.
- Reddish-orange encrusting colony.
- Individual zooids quadrangular-shaped with broad orifice.
- Orifice has wide inner shelf and bears tooth-like projections.
- Small, lateral zooids either side of orifice.
- Zooids have either 6 long, tubular spines or globular-shaped red ovicells.
- Surface of zooids covered by irregular nodules.
- Sides of zooids marked by large pores.
Additional informationIndividuals colonies of Escharoides coccinea have a lifespan of at least two years.
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Last Updated: 24/06/2008