Eucratea loricata (Linnaeus, 1758)

General description: 

Eucratea loricata is an erect bryozoan forming tall dense clumps about 10 cm in height. Colonies are whitish-brown in colour, highly branched and are said to resemble miniature poplar trees. The species is able to colonise a variety of substrates, from the lower shore down to 75 m and occasionally deeper. Colonies may also be found washed up along the strand line.
 
The species occurs throughout world and may be locally common on British coasts.

Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith