UK Species List 

Here is a list of all the species I have drawn or written about so far. They are ordered alphabetically in Phyla the following ordered catergorises, Marine Algae, Marine Invertebrates and Marine Vertebrates. Don’t want to waste your time scrolling … no worries just search in the searchbar below!

Each species is put next to its illustrated painting and picture if avalible.

Just click on the species name to be taken to the post about it.

MARINE ALGAE

Micro Algae

Noctiluca scilliants – Sea Sparkles

Phylum: Myzozoa

Class: Dinophyceae

If you have ever seen water sparkle, like firefly lights, as you have moved through water, that beautful occurance was these little guys. 

Macro Algae

Chrondrus Crispus – Irish Moss

Phylum: Rhodophyta

Class: Florideophyceae

Red/burgundy coloured seaweed, whose fronds may irridesce underwater in the light. 

Corallina officinalis – Coral Weed

Phylum: Rhodophyta

Class: Florideophyceae

A crunchy seaweed, with calcium carbonate skeleton.

Ulva Lactuca – Sea Lettuce

Ulva Intestinalis – Gutweed

Phylum: Chlorophyta

Class: Ulvaphyceae

Two very common and vibrant green seaweeds that brighten up the shore.

MARINE INVERTEBRATES

Arthropods

Carcinus maenas- Common Shore Crab 

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Malacostraca

Brown/yellow/green coloured crab, can be slighty agressive but will more likey run away if found. 

Idotea chelipes – Isopod

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Malostraca

Green isopods often seen inbetween seaweeds or rocks on the rocky shore. 

Necora puber – Devil Crab

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Malacostraca

The most agressive species in exsistent – a small angry awesome little crab with red eyes and blue legs. Handle with care! 

Annelids

Eulalia viridis – Green Worm 

Phylum: Annelida

Class: Polychaeta

Small green worm can be found under rockys, lays large ‘green blobs’ of eggs.

Lanice conchilega – Sandmason 

Phylum: Annelid

Class: Polychaeta

Worm found on sandy shores that forms a sand tubes.

Cnidaria

Actinia equina – Beadlet Anemone

Phylum: Cnidaria

Class: Anthozoa

Common rocky shore anemone with deep red colouration.

Anemonia viridis – Snakeslock Anemone

Phylum: Cnidaria

Class: Anthozoa

Rocky shore anemone with long green tentacles and pink tinted tips.

Ctenophores

Pleurobranchia pileus – Sea Gooseberry 

Phylum: Ctenophora

Class: Tentaculata

Often found as small clear clobs washed up on the shore. 

Echinoderms 

Asterias Rubens – Common Star Fish

Phylum: Echinodermata

Class: Asteroidea

Common orange/yellow starfish found on many shores. 

Molluscs

Aplysia punctata – Sea Hare

Phylum: Mollusca

Class:  Gastropoda

Large brown sea slug-slike organism.

Crepidula fornicata – Slipper Limpet

Phylum: Mollusca

Class:  Gastropoda

Invasive species, smooth pink shells with each organsim settling on top of each other. 

Littorina saxatilis –  Rough Periwinkle

Phylum: Mollusca

Class:  Gastropods

Small rough shelled snails found on the shore. 

Mytilus edulis – Blue Mussel

Phylum: Mollusca

Class:  Bivalvia

Blue/black shelled organsim that attach to surfaces with threads.

Nucella lapilus– Dog Whelk

Phylum: Mollusca

Class:  Gastropoda

Small shelled snails found on the floor. 

Patella vulgata – Common Limpet

Phylum: Mollusca 

Class:  Gastropoda

Cone shelled organsim, stuck solidly onto rocks.

Patella pellucida –  Blue Rayed Limpet

Phylum: Mollusca

Class:  Gastropoda

Beautiful small limpet, with irridescnt bright blue stripes. Lives and feeds on kelp..

Sepiola atlantica – Bobtail Squid

Phylum: Mollusca

Class: Cephalopoda

Small, cute and gorgeous little squid-like creature. 

MARINE VERTEBRATES

Elasmobranchs

Raja clavata – Thornback Ray

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Elasmobranchus

Thorny skinned ray.

Scyliorhinus canicula – Lesser spotted dogfish

Phylum: Chordata

Class:  Elasmobranchus

A small shark that will always try to rub there rough skin backwards around your arm if handled. 

Fish 

Ciliata mustela – 5-beared Rockling

Phylum: Chordata

Class:   Actinopterygii

Elongated, smooth skinned fish with 5 barbels on its face.

Cyclopterus lumpus – Lumpfish

Phylum: Chordata

Class:  Actinopterygii

Rare, bizaree but cute looking fish with a sucker on the underside of its body.

 

Pleuronectes platessa – European Plaice

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Orange spotted flatfish.

Mammals

Halichoerus grypus – Grey Seal

Phylum: Chordata

Class:  Mammalia

Dogs of the sea.