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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.

Actinauge richardi

Range & Status

A very rare species usually found on muddy or sandy bottoms normally offshore in depths of greater than 50m.This interesting anemone usually lives freely on the sea bed with a ball of mud in its invaginated base acting as a sea anchor but is also capable of normal attachment, occasionally being found on stones or shells. Recently (2009) found attached to a prawn pot in approximately 35m depth of water in the Fal Estuary. A deep water, north-eastern Atlantic species, occurring from Norway to the Bay of Biscay and possibly even further south. Occasional specimens in the North Sea and from the west coast of Scotland. It is supposedly relatively common off the western and southern coasts of Ireland.


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.