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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.

Amphianthus dohrnii - Sea-fan Anemone

Range & Status

Found attached to gorgonians such as the Sea Fan Eunicella verrucosa and much more rarely to hydroid stems in depths of 30-150m. Formerly this species was relatively common in the English Channel; recently, however, this anemone seems to have become much rarer. Recent British records come from a number of sites near Plymouth, Gull Rock near Nare Head, and the Manacles off the Lizard Peninsula. The Sea Fan population on the Manacles is particularly large but even here less than 1% have this anemone present. The Sea Fan Anemone is not protected under any statutes, conventions or directives, however, the Pink Sea Fan Eunicella verrucosa , its main habitat, is protected under Schedule 5 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981). Amphianthus dohrnii is on the UK List of Priority Species and is a BAP species with its own Species Action Plan.


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.

Cornish Biodiversity Network. 2017.