Rockpooling on Kingston Beach, Shoreham-by-Sea

TQ 235 048 (OS Explorer)

by Andy Horton 2000


Rockpooling on Kingston Beach
30 (Eve.)/31 (Morn.) August 2000

Wind Force 1, Wind Direction 30th South, 31st north changing to south. Sunny.



 MOBILE SPECIES
 
 
 Common Name  Scientific Name  Frequency  Comments
 Beadlet Anemone  Actinia equina  Frequent
 (10+)
No large specimens were seen.
 Snakelocks Anemone  Anemonia viridis  One The same specimen as seen before, but by the 31st it had disappeared.
 Eel  Anguilla anguilla  One Under boulder. About 35 cm. 
 Edible Crab  Cancer pagurus  Occasional
 (about 5)
Undersized, c. 50 mm broad crabs buried in sand under rocks. 
 Shore Crab  Carcinus maenas  Common
 (100+)
Large ones  (20+) but only the small ones made the numbers up.
 5-Bearded Rockling  Ciliata mustela  One Large one, at least 25 cm long under a boulder. 
 Corkwing Wrasse (juv.)  Crenilabrus melops  Frequent
 (20 +)
Usually common at this time of year. Small to 35 mm. 
 Short-legged 
 Spider Crab
 Eurynome aspera  One Occasionally found, not always present and never more than frequent.
 Squat Lobster  Galathea squamifera  Very frequent
 (50+)
Only very small ones under rocks.
 Rock Goby
 (juveniles)
 Gobius paganellus  Very Common
 (500+)
In shallow pools and under rocks. Frequently 2 year old specimens (approaching full size).
 Netted Dogwhelk  Hinia reticulata  Common
 (100+)
Only two noticed, but it is inconceivable that there were not hundreds under the sand.
 Ballan Wrasse (juv.)  Labrus bergylta  One Green specimen, about 40 mm.
 Blenny
 (juveniles)
 Lipophrys pholis  Very frequent
 (50+)
Surprisingly few after they were very common earlier this year. 
 Long-legged 
 Spider Crab
 Macropodia rostrata  Common
 (200+)
At and below Chart Datum
 Plumose Anemone  Metridium senile  Absent Usually only found in spring on this beach. 
 Dogwhelk  NucelLapillus  Not known Not searched for. Certainly not common.
Only started to reappear in the last  3 years. 
 Oyster  Ostrea edulis  Very frequent
 (50+)
Only started to reappear intertidally in the last 5 years, apart from the occasional one. Small as the large ones are usually removed.
 Hermit Crab  Pagurus bernhardus  Very Frequent
 (50+)
In Periwinkle shells mostly, at least 70% of them, the others in Netted Dogwhelk shells.
 Prawn  Palaemon serratus  Abundant
 (1000+)
First net full got supper second provided breakfast the following day. Thousands of small ones as well. 
Palaemon elegans probably present as well. 
 Butterfish  Pholis gunnellus  Two Probably more, as I did not look in their habitats, under rocks at mid-tide level. Juveniles to about 80 mm are usual so a specimen under a boulder at about 160 mm was unusual.
 Hairy Crab  Pilumnus hirtellus  Occasional
 (about 5 seen)
Sometimes absent altogether on this beach. 
 Long-clawed 
 Porcelain Crab
 Pisidia longicornis  Common
 (100+)
Underside of rocks and boulders
 Common Goby  Pomatoschistus microps  Abundant
 (1000+)
Most were juveniles
 Broad-clawed
 Porcelain Crab 
 Porcellana platycheles  Occasional None seen, but I did not look for them. 
 Sea Anemone  Sagartia troglodytes  Frequent
 (25 +)
Deposited sand obscured this species. 
 Bullhead
 (Alternative local name: Clobberhead)
 Taurulus bubalis  Very frequent
 (50+)
Always frequently to be found on this shore on the low springs, but it can be common and less numbers than expected. 
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