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Conopeum reticulum is an encrusting bryozoan, abundant in the lower intertidal zone and extending down to the shallow subtidal waters of Britain and Ireland. The species is also commonly found in estuarine and brackish environments. C. reticulum forms white patches, which resemble a thin sheet of gauze on stones and other hard-substrata.
Conopeum reticulum has been reported from the coasts of the southern North Sea, including those of the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands. It is thought to occur on most British coasts, but its distribution is imprecisely known.