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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.

Desmarestia dresnayi

Range & Status

First collected by dredging off the Lizard coast in December 1864 and subsequently until 1884. In 1981 it was found by scuba divers to be rare or occasional, attached to stones in sand, in the tidal sound off the Isles of Scilly (Hiscock, 1984) - in one site it was present in large amounts. At least three sites have been identified in the Isles of Scilly.



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.