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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.

Saccocirrus cf. papillocercus

Range & Status

Recorded from north Wales, the Irish coast and the Tamar estuary. The specimen recorded from Cornwall in 1913 was identified only to generic level, however, only S. papillocercus is thought to reach British coasts (Westheide, 1990). The genus is restricted to warm waters so is at its northern limits around the south-west coasts of Britain (Westheide, 1990). Found in Cawsand Bay at the mouth of the Tamar estuary. A benthic species; found in the eulittoral and sublittoral; a very thin worm to about 30mm length found in coarse sand.


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.