Overview

Distribution


Schizobrachiella sanguinea is essentially a warm temperate species, that is widely distributed in the western Mediterranean. It reaches its northern limit in Britain, where is has been recorded from the western approaches to the English Channel, around the Channel Islands and rarely off the south coast of Cornwall.

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Source: Bryozoa of the British Isles

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Physical Description

Morphology

Schizobrachiella sanguinea is an encrusting bryozoan that forms broad colonies, often only partly attached to the substrate and developing erect, folded lobes or plates. Colonies are composed of a single or multiple layers of autozooids and appear deep red when living but brown when dried. Autozooids are rectangular or irregularly polygonal and are arranged in a regular radiating series.

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Ecology

Habitat

Depth range based on 2 specimens in 1 taxon.
Water temperature and chemistry ranges based on 2 samples.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 23 - 25
  Temperature range (°C): 8.958 - 10.069
  Nitrate (umol/L): 2.872 - 3.010
  Salinity (PPS): 34.652 - 34.764
  Oxygen (ml/l): 6.311 - 6.328
  Phosphate (umol/l): 0.408 - 0.438
  Silicate (umol/l): 2.052 - 2.231

Graphical representation

Depth range (m): 23 - 25

Temperature range (°C): 8.958 - 10.069

Nitrate (umol/L): 2.872 - 3.010

Salinity (PPS): 34.652 - 34.764

Oxygen (ml/l): 6.311 - 6.328

Phosphate (umol/l): 0.408 - 0.438

Silicate (umol/l): 2.052 - 2.231
 
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The species is able to colonise hard substrates, especially  organic carbonates such as shells, polychaete tubes and other bryozoans. It is only found in subtidal waters from 10 m down to at least 50 m.

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Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems

Benefits

Validity

Possible synonymy with Schizobrachiella sanguinea (Norman, 1868) needs to be checked further.

Authority: binomen cannot be the original as in Prenant (1931)

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