Flustrellidra corniculata Smitt, 1871
Common name(s): Seaweed muffs
|Synonyms: Flustrellidra cervicornis, Flustrella corniculata|
|Flustrellidra corniculata at Kalaloch, WA|
|(Photo by: Dave Cowles, July 2005)|
How to Distinguish from Similar Species: There are no similar species in this area.
Geographical Range: Alaska to Point Buchen, central CA
Habitat: Attached in the lower rocky intertidal, or as sheaths on the stipes of seaweeds such as Laminaria spp. and Corallina officinalis.
Biology/Natural History: These colonies often wash ashore on exposed beaches during storms, and look a bit like seaweed.
Corniculata means "having little horns".
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Brusca and Brusca, 1978
Morris et al., 1980
O'Clair and O'Clair, 1998
Ricketts et al., 1985
The forked spines can be seen in this closeup photo
Flustrellidra corniculata is frequently found growing on algae. At Beach #4 near Kalaloch many can be found growing on Laminaria holdfasts such as this example.
Photo by Dave Cowles July 2008