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
A colonial coral forming clusters up to 5cm across and found attached to rocks, in caves and crevices where light intensity is low, in the shallow sublittoral down to 25m. Rarely recorded, this coral is restricted to south-west England and Wales. Elsewhere it occurs south along the western seaboard of Europe to the Mediterranean. Recently recorded from the Channel Islands, south Devon, Skomer, Dorset, south Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Hoplangia durotrix is protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) 1975.
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.