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 relatively recently discovered species in the British Isles where it is only definitely
known from south-west and west Ireland, western Scotland, Isle of Man, Skomer and
the Channel Islands. Here it burrows amongst sand and gravel in depths of 10-25m, and seems to be entirely nocturnal in its habits. James (1983) reports a probable sighting of this species burrowing amongst maerl, comprised mainly of Phymatolithon calcareum with some Lithothamnion corallioides , in the Fal Estuary.
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.