An encrusting bryozoan (Eucratea loricata)
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Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandRecorded at locations all around the coast of Britain and Ireland but with significant gaps in recorded distribution in south-east England, north-east Scotland and southern Ireland. Locally common.
HabitatEucratea loricata is found attached to a wide variety of substrata, from lower shore to about 75 m and occasionally deeper. It is often washed up on the strand line.
- The colony forms an erect, tree-like clump up to about 25cm in height.
- Branches diverge dichotomously and at acute angles.
- Whitish-brown in colour.
- Individual zooids are elongated and broader at their distal ends.
- No spines or avicularia.
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Last Updated: 26/10/2004