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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.

Autolytus longeferiens

Range & Status

Recorded from south-west Britain and Channel coasts (Hayward & Ryland, 1990) and north Wales. The species has only been recorded in Cornish waters from near the Eddystone in 1915 with a possible second record in Cornish waters from south of Plymouth Breakwater. A benthic species, found in the sublittoral; a small, stout, orange-red worm of 10-20mm length found on rocky substrates and in Laminaria holdfasts.


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.