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 small solitary species of cup coral found living unattached in shell gravel in depths to 100m. Whereas this species has been recorded in the past on all coasts of the British Isles, it has not been seen in any of the recent major dive surveys. It is not easily found, unless deliberately looked for due to its small size and camouflage within its habitat. Specimens were collected in the vicinity of the Manacle Rocks (Lizard Peninsula) in the 1980s and 1990s.
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.