Numbers of different species (arranged in taxonomic groupings) listed in the MNCR database as being recorded as present within the 5 higher code biotopes with kelp

Total species reported from kelp biotopes around the UK: 1,819

Where only a genus name has been listed in the database, it is assumed that the specimen recorded was not one of the listed species. However, this will possibly overestimate the numbers of species recorded as present in each biotope. Where a listing occurs only at a taxonomic level above genus, it has not been included.

Taxonomic group commonly referred to as:

species

Protozoa microscopic, one celled animals

2

Porifera sponges

107

Cnidaria jellyfish (sedentary and heteromorphic life-cycles)

158

Ctenophora comb jellies

3

Platyhelminthes flatworms

8

Nemertea ribbon worms

13

Nematoda threadworms

?

Entoprocta  

3

Sipunculida  

2

Echiurida  

3

Annelida

Polychaeta

Oligochaeta

worms (many bristles, most species are marine)

worms (few bristles, few species are marine)

173

3

Chelicerata Pycnogonida sea-spiders

13

Crustacea

Cirripedia Ostracoda

Mysidae

Amphipoda

Caprellida

Isopoda

Epicaridea

Caridea

Brachyura

Xanthoidea

barnacles

 

sand hoppers

skeleton shrimps

sea lice

sea slaters

shrimps, lobsters, hermit crabs, porcelain crabs

crabs

more crabs

15

2

2

81

8

14

6

40

30

4

Mollusca

Polyplacophora

Gastropoda

(Prosobranchia)

(Opisthobranchia)

Pelecypoda

Cephalopoda

Teuthoidea

chitons

limpets and snails

sea hares, sea butterflies, sea slugs

bivalves

squid and octopus

giant squid

12

114

98

99

3

3

Brachiopoda lamp shells

2

Phoronidea  

2

Bryozoa sea mats

101

Echinodermata

Crinoidea

Asteroidea

Ophiuroidea

Echinoidea

Holothurioidea

feather stars

starfish

brittlestars

sea urchins

sea cucumbers

3

22

21

9

18

Tunicata seasquirts

70

Chondrichthyes

Osteichthyes

sharks, skates & rays

bony fish (round and flat)

6

89

Mammalia mammals

3

Cyanobacteria  

2

Rhodophyta red seaweeds

289

Chrysophyta  

?

Phaeophyta brown seaweeds

107

Chlorophyta green seaweeds

53

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