APHOTOMARINE

An educational resource dedicated mainly to the photography
and diversity of marine life that can be found in coastal waters
and intertidal areas of Great Britain and Ireland by David Fenwick.

A-P-H-O-T-O Wildlife Stock Image Library
Millepora species - A Fire coral (Hydrozoa)
Fire coral
Millepora species
- close-up 1

Fire coral
Millepora species
- close-up 2

Fire coral
Millepora species
- close-up 3

Fire coral
Millepora species
- encrusting plastic bait cleat 1

Fire coral
Millepora species
- encrusting plastic bait cleat 2

Specimen above found encrusting part of a black plastic bait cleat / door cleat of an American lobster trap. Cleat found as flotsam washed-up at Tob Tieb, Marazion, Cornwall. 08.02.16. Polyps of the Thimble jellyfish, Linuche unguiculata, were also found on the bait cleat.

Fire coral
Millepora species
- encrusting buoy 1

Fire coral
Millepora species
- encrusting buoy 2

Fire coral
Millepora species
- encrusting buoy 3

Fire coral
Millepora species
- encrusting buoy 4

Fire coral
Millepora species
- encrusting buoy 5

Fire coral
Millepora species
- close-up 4

Fire coral
Millepora species
- close-up 5

Fire coral
Millepora species
- close-up 6

I'm very grateful to Alan Alder, the finder of the buoy for allowing me to photograph it. Not only did the buoy have Millepora sp., Fire coral, encrusting it, but also the small green algae Anadyomene stellata, Common sea kale, was found growing on the Millepora.

Millepora, Fire coral, is not a true coral but an unusual hydroid. It is a non-native species which would have originated from either the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico or Atlantic coast of Florida.

The buoy was found washed-up at Watergate Bay, near Newquay, Cornwall. 17.01.16.

The specimens here would appear to be the first two reported records of Millepora in the UK. Millepora (genus) has been added to the United Kingdom Species Inventory for the purpose of recording. It is unknown what the species of Millepora is, but Millepora complanata has been suggested. The species will be added to the UKSI if confirmed.

APHOTOMARINE supports open source data recording and sharing for the benefit of wildlife, recorders, research, science and education. The project recommends the following websites and works with the following bodies and organisations.

Marine Biological Association MBA

The Marine Biological Association or MBA, based in Plymouth, is one of the world’s longest-running societies dedicated to promoting research into our oceans and the life they support. Since 1884 the MBA has been providing a unified, clear, independent voice on behalf of the marine biological community.It has a growing membership in over 40 countries.

NBN National Biodiversity Network

The National Biodiversity Network or NBN is a charity that supports open source data sharing and recording supporting conservation, science and education. "Why do recorders need open source?". Simply because it supports the core values of wildlife recording and the free use of records and data over a very wide network that includes partners like the Natural History Museum.

The taxonomy used here is based on that of the following database, which is also used by the MBA, NHM and the NBN.

World Register of Marine Species or WoRMS

The World Register of Marine Species or WoRMS.

Millepora species Fire coral hydroid Hydrozoa Images
The main objective of this website is in furthering environmental awareness and education through the medium of photography. To increase awareness and access to the wildlife of the region and help
people find and identify it. Sometimes the difference between species is obvious but many species can only be determined by observing microscopic characteristics that are specific to any one species.