Weymouth carpet coral (Hoplangia durotrix)
|Researched by||Frances Peckett & Dr Samantha Garrard||Refereed by||Admin|
|Other common names||-||Synonyms||Soljania neapolitana|
Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandRecorded in southern England as far east as west Sussex, in north Devon and at Skomer in south-west Wales. The distribution map indicates Weymouth Bay, the type localities and west Sussex where it was photographed at the 'wreck' of an artificial harbour.
Global distributionRecorded frequently around all coasts of south west Europe, from northern France to Portugal, Madeira and the Canary Isles. Common in the Mediterranean.
HabitatLives attached to rocks, in caves and crevices in the shade. Recorded mainly in the shallow sublittoral at 0-25 m in depth.
- Colonial forming small, low clusters approximately 5 cm across.
- The polyps are buff or brown in colour with long tentacles.
- The polyps are cylindrical and up to 4 mm in diameter and 10 mm high.
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Last Updated: 22/08/2007