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Cornish Red Data (2009)

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.

Caryophyllia inornata - Southern Cup Coral

Range & Status

A small coral forming solitary cups less than 1cm across and found attached to vertical and overhanging rock surfaces in gullies and caves from about low water mark to 15m. A rare sub-littoral species, with recent records from North Devon (Lundy), Pembrokeshire (Skomer), south-west and north-east Ireland, Jura in SW Scotland and the Isles of Scilly. Caryophyllia inornata 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.