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
First discovered, and only known in Britain from the Isles of Scilly where it was found in October 2008. It was found at two sites, Dry Ledge, near Toll' s Island and Peter Rock feeding on Oaten Pipes Tubularia indivisa and other hydroids at a depth of about 20m. Only recently (1979) described, from Galicia in north-west Spain. It has also been recorded from a few scattered sites in the Mediterranean Sea, and along the Atlantic coasts of Spain and France as far north as Belle-Ile in Southern Brittany.
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.