Lundy Marine Flora and Fauna

There are many reports and papers that describe the marine life present around Lundy. A review and bibliography was prepared in 2005 by Robert Irving and publications continue to be produced, mainly for Natural England and published in their report series, and often as papers in the Journal of the Lundy Field Society.

Irving, R.A. 2005. Lundy cSAC and MNR Literature Review. Unpublished report to English Nature (Devon Team) by Sea-Scope Marine Environmental Consultants. View PDF file

Lundy marine fauna

During the 1970s and early 1980s, surveys and sampling were undertaken around Lundy to record, collect, identify and catalogue the marine fauna. The specialists compiling the lists included the species that had previously been catalogued especially during the late 1940s by Professor Leslie Harvey. The separate lists were published in the Annual Report of the Lundy Field Society.

Species from the major groups of benthic organisms were listed. In total, 753 species have been recorded in the marine fauna lists. The separate lists have now been scanned and are available as pdfs. References are:

Atkinson, R.J.A. & Schembri, P.J. 1981. The marine fauna of Lundy. Crustacea: Euphausiacea and Decapoda. Annual Report of the Lundy Field Society, 31, 35-63. View PDF file

Brown, G.H. & Hunnam, P.J. 1977 The marine fauna of Lundy. Opisthobranchia. Annual Report of the Lundy Field Society, 27, 37-47. View PDF file

Hayward, P.J. 1977. The marine fauna of Lundy. Bryozoa. Annual Report of the Lundy Field Society, 27, 16-34. View PDF file

Hiscock, K. 1975. The marine fauna of Lundy. General Introduction. Annual Report of the Lundy Field Society, 25, 16-19. View PDF file

Hiscock, K. 1975. The marine fauna of Lundy. Coelenterata. Annual Report of the Lundy Field Society, 25, 20-32. View PDF file

Hiscock, K., Stone, S.M.K. & George, J. 1984. The marine fauna of Lundy. Porifera (sponges): a preliminary study. Annual Report of the Lundy Field Society, 34, 16-35. View PDF file

King, P.E. 1977. The marine fauna of Lundy. Pycnogonida (sea spiders). Annual Report of the Lundy Field Society, 27, 35-37. View PDF file

Lane, D.J.W., 1977. The marine fauna of Lundy. Ascidiacea (sea squirts). Annual Report of the Lundy Field Society, 27, 48-52. View PDF file

Moore, P.G. 1982. The marine fauna of Lundy. Crustacea: Amphipoda. Annual Report of the Lundy Field Society, 31, 52-63. View PDF file

Tyler, P.A. 1979. The marine fauna of Lundy. Echinodermata. Annual Report of the Lundy Field Society, 29, 34-37. View PDF file

Wilson, J.G. 1982. The marine fauna of Lundy. Bivalvia. Annual Report of the Lundy Field Society, 32, 29-37. View PDF file

Picton, B.E. 1979. The marine fauna of Lundy. Prosobranchia. Annual Report of the Lundy Field Society, 29, 38-45. View PDF file

Pullin, R.S.V. 1978. The marine fauna of Lundy. Pisces (fishes). Annual Report of the Lundy Field Society, 28, 45-54. View PDF file

Phyla and other groups that were not included in the lists were:

Arthropoda: Crustacea: Cirripedia (barnacles) were not listed.

Chordata: Mammalia (seals, whales and dolphins) were not listed.

Some groups not included in the lists do not have any records from Lundy and others have fewer than ten species recorded. They could be listed at a later date as records exist in separate survey reports.

Lundy marine flora

The marine algae were listed by David Irvine and colleagues after extensive collecting in the intertidal and in the subtidal by SCUBA diving. The list (Irvine et al. 1972) includes records from the work of George Tregelles in the 1930s and of Clare Harvey in the late 1940s. Some supplementary records are published in Hiscock and Maggs (1984). In total, 307 species of algae are recorded. References are:

Irvine, D. E. G., Smith, R. M., Tittley, I., Fletcher, R. L. & Farnham, W. F. 1972. A survey of the marine algae of Lundy. British. British Phycological Journal/European Journal of Phycology, 7, 19-136.

Hiscock, S. and Maggs, C. A. 1984. Notes on the distribution and ecology of some new and interesting seaweeds from south-west Britain. British Phycological Journal/European Journal of Phycology, 19, 73 - 87.