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Chartella barleei is a northern bryozoan species, ranging from the Barents Sea, along the coasts of Norway to the Shetland Isles and the northern coasts of the UK. The species has also been recorded from the northern coast of Spain and deep water in the Bay of Biscay.

Colonies are typically found on hard substrates in moderately deep (down to 1000 m) waters, but may be found at shallower depths in the northern part of their range. Chartella barleei forms short lobate colonies with flattened branching fronds.  Fresh colonies are very thin and delicate. Colonies appear light coloured or transparent and rarely exceed 5 cm in height.


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Source: Bryozoa of the British Isles

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