A rounded convoluted bryozoan of ~25cm on a gravel sea bed.
There are some efforts to rename this as Potato Crisp bryozoan
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Is a perfectly good name. Why would anyone want to name it after a Potato Crisp? Though I agree Bryozoan is better than Coral.
I think it is because someone thought it looks (somewhat) like a pile of crisps scooped up together. I think it looks more like Prawn Crackers. It's been known for years as Ross coral.
I note that the other sighting shown above has used the newer Potato crisp bryozoan.
geoffrey the diver
Anyone know how to delete inadvertent multiple posts of identical comments? Either my finger twitched or my computer had a hiccough.
MarLIN calls this species P. fasciata, using the most recent nomenclature according to Hayward & Ryland (1999). The Species Directory of the British Isles (Howson & Picton, 1997) placed Pentapora fascialis in the family Hippoporinidae under the species name Pentapora foliacea. Older classification schemes used the species Lepralia foliacea, e.g. the Plymouth Marine Fauna (Marine Biological Association 1957) and Bruce et al. (1963).
I think that you can edit a post, but not remove it entirely. Try editing the two duplicates by removing the text and putting "duplicate post removed" in the title. Otherwise you have to alert the webmasters who can do it for you.
For the Latin name I used "Observer's Guide to Marine Life" by Chris Wood, Seasearch(2007) so assumed that was pretty up to date, and cross-referenced it with Great British Marine Animals by Paul Naylor [Endorsed by WWF and MCS](2005). I used the older common name because it is as I learned it. I do not know MarLIN.
I had thought of editing the text but hoped to remove it entirely but could not. Oh well, my later post shows it was an accident.
Sorry, I should have included the MarLIN link. Here is the entry for this particular bryozoan.
At present there is only one British species of Pentapora, and there is no doubt this is it, whatever it is called. I am interested in latin names & their changes, which is why I sometimes comment on them. This species seems to be in the 'unresolved' category while taxonomists discuss the technicalities.
Thanks for the link. I have added it to my Speed Dial (though will probably mainly stick with my reference books).
Whilst I can see the need to change the Latin classification and name, I don't know who or why "they" are messing with the common name as it already has two!
Cannot be done by you Geoffrey.
WE can mark them as inappriate but that is not 'protocol'.
Simply edit the spare ones, delete the words and write in 'sorry, duplicate'.
I have not keyed Reply for this message, otherwise you will not be able to edit it.
Of course, like me, you added to your misery by adding another, titled 'Oops'.
You can drop a note on Admin and ask for them to be deleted - it may take a while, they are busy, Bless them.
Excellent recent pics, by the way.
Whilst I cant help get rid of the extra posts I can explain how you got them as I have done the same myself on many occasions, if you accidentally press save more than once or like me you get impatient and press it again you get two identical posts!
P.S the reason for the new common name is because calling it coral is misleading and when seasearch were giving things common names they wanted to try and change this but it just doesn't have the same ring to it!
To find out about what's going on in the south west check out http://www.ispot.org.uk/forum/8409
I hope no-one thinks I'm muscling in...
However it now has a proper ID panel.
Two issues here.
First and foremost this is a Global Post made with an Isle of Man location. The Isle of Man is not in the UK as far as iSpot is concerned - one hopes that is an error and not some sort of deliberate ploy otherwise I want Orkney OUT too.
Secondly I suspect the original ID was forced, that is not using the Drop-down in Get Recommended.
I checked the name with WoRMS, the details with MarLIN and made it WoRK.
Geoffrey, are you wondering why you sometimes get little attention in iSpot? Typically http://www.ispotnature.org/node/376967.
You haven't posted for a long while but if you post locations in the Isle of Man then they will usually be Global and NOT seen by the majority of UK&I users.
WE few here browse Global posts, hence good interest and a some agreements.
The next post you make, place the Location in London. Then afterwards EDIT the post and place it somewhere exotic (out of the UK) in IOM. Then it will be a UK&I post from the IOM - hooray!!.
Has this location irregularity ( like dj I am assuming it is an error, not a bid for Independence) been reported to admin?
Yes Jo, somewhere in a recent Forum, mid all the Threads in New System is a note from Martin Harvey.
Lat/Lng: 54.067, -4.6966
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