Rockpooling under Worthing Pier  2003

by Andy Horton

Rockpooling under Worthing Pier

26 September 2003
Under Worthing Pier on the low equinoctial spring tide the fauna was not exceptional but there was plenty of interest, including a red Dahlia Anemone, Urticina felina, over a hundred Snakelocks Anemones, Anemonia viridis, Beadlet Anemones, Actinia equina, and one surprise was a particularly strongly patterned Daisy Anemone, Cereus pedunculatus, a rare occurrence on the shore in Sussex. There were six species of Brachyuran crabs including at least three large Velvet Swimming Crabs, two of them with a major claw missing.

Juvenile fish seen:  Rock Goby, Bullhead, Five-Bearded Rockling, Common Goby.
Brachyuran Crabs:  Edible Crab, Velvet Swimming Crab, Shore Crab, Long-legged Spider Crab, Short-legged Spider Crab, Hairy Crab.
Anomurans:  Long-clawed Porcelain Crab, Common Shore Squat Lobster.

30 August 2003
Sand Goby (hundreds)

Common Goby
Dragonet (one)
Tompot Blenny (one)

Sea Anemones:
Sagartia troglodytes (not many)

Velvet Swimming Crab (two)
Edible Crab
Shore Crab
Hairy Crab
Common Squat Lobster
Star Ascidian (Colonial Sea-Squirt)Common Hermit Crab (small)
Hooded Shrimp,  Athanas
Long-clawed Porcelain Crab

Star Ascidian

Double-headed Beadlet Anemone
Snakelocks Anemone
Double-headed Beadlet Anemone
Velvet Swimming Crab (Photograph by Andy Horton at Worthing)
Edible Crab
Velvet Swimming Crab

Intertidal Crabs (Sussex)
BMLSS Sea Anemones

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