BIOTIC Species Information for Tubularia indivisa
Researched byDr Paul Somerfield & Prof. Richard Warwick Data supplied byPML
Refereed byThis information is not refereed
Scientific nameTubularia indivisa Common nameOaten pipes hyroid
MCS CodeD163 Recent Synonyms

PhylumCnidaria Subphylum
SuperclassHydrozoa ClassLeptolida
SubclassAnthoathecatae OrderCapitata
Suborder FamilyTubulariidae
GenusTubularia Speciesindivisa

Additional Information
Taxonomy References Hincks, 1868, Hayward & Ryland, 1995b, Allman, 1871-1872, Howson & Picton, 1997,
General Biology
Growth formTurf
Feeding methodPredator
Mobility/MovementPermanent attachment
Environmental positionEpifaunal
Typical food typesZooplankton HabitErect
BioturbatorNot relevant FlexibilityHigh (>45 degrees)
FragilityFragile SizeMedium(11-20 cm)
Height4 - 15 cm Growth RateNot researched
Adult dispersal potentialNot researched DependencyIndependent
General Biology Additional Information
Biology References
Distribution and Habitat
Distribution in Britain & IrelandWidespread through Britain and Ireland.
Global distributionFound in north-west Europe around the British Isles and Ireland, in the Azores and off the east coasts of Canada.
Biogeographic rangeTemperate. Depth rangeLower shore to 280 m.
MigratoryNon-migratory / Resident   
Distribution Additional Information

Substratum preferencesBedrock
Large to very large boulders
Small boulders
Physiographic preferences
Biological zone Wave exposure
Tidal stream strength/Water flow Salinity
Habitat Preferences Additional Information
Distribution References Hincks, 1868, Hayward & Ryland, 1995b, Allman, 1871-1872, JNCC, 1999, Fish & Fish, 1996,
Reproduction/Life History
Reproductive typeGonochoristic
Developmental mechanismBrooding
Reproductive SeasonAll year Reproductive LocationAs adult
Reproductive frequencyAnnual protracted Regeneration potential Yes
Life span1 year Age at reproductive maturity<1 year
Generation timeNot researched Fecundity>100 gonomedusae per polyp
Egg/propagule sizeInsufficient information Fertilization typeExternal
Larval/Juvenile dispersal potentialNot researched Larval settlement periodGreatest in spring (April to June)
Duration of larval stageNot relevant   
Reproduction Preferences Additional Information
Reproduction References Fish & Fish, 1996, Miller, 1976,
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