The descriptive text, below the map, is from the Cornish Red Data Book (2009). The map on this web page depicts the organisms distribution and shows the records made pre-2000 and those made since.
Range & Status
The diet of this beautifully coloured species is the sub-littoral polyzoans Bugula flabella and B. plumosa . Greilada elegans is predominantly a south-western species with records from exposed sub-littoral sites from south-west Wales (Pembrokeshire), Cornwall and north Devon (Lundy). Elsewhere from western Ireland (Galway) and south to the Mediterranean.
I.J. Bennallick, S. Board, C.N. French, P.A. Gainey, C. Neil, R. Parslow, A. Spalding and P.E. Tompsett. eds. 2009. Red Data Book for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 2nd Edition.Croceago Press.
The Cornish Red Data Book Project was led by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation for Biological Recorders (CISFBR). The full text and species accounts (minus the maps) are available on the CISFBR website.