Biemna rufescens

Summary 2

This species is commonly found in sandy areas near turf-forming algae and at the base of rocky reefs or reef flats. In sandy areas this species is often only visible as a group of purple tubes projecting from the sand. Occasionally encrusts bivalve shells.

Relatively common in shallow inshore waters around the eastern coast of New Zealand. Reported from Kapiti Island and Cook Strait.

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More Info

iNaturalist NZ Map

Occurence Common
Location East Coast Northern NI
Tide zone Subtidal
Habitat Covered Rock
Substrate Hard Rock, Rubble, Shellfish or Plants