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Welcome to the Species Finder

The new Species Finder is your gateway to a wealth of information about the mosses, liverworts and hornworts to be found in the UK. Ultimately, we hope to include a page dedicated to each species, with identification tips, up-to-date distribution information, links to useful resources and an image gallery showing a range of images including habitat photos, close-ups and microscope images.

These pages will gradually be built up over time, and we need your help to ensure the information they contain is useful, accurate and interesting. So please, if you have any identification tips, images that show typical features of a species (or just show how beautiful they are!), or comments and feedback on existing pages, let us know by emailing webmaster@britishbryologicalsociety.org.uk.

If you would like to volunteer to contribute some missing species in their entirety, please also contact us at the above email address. The more species we cover, the more useful this resource will become.

Thank you!

Filter our alphabetical list to locate a species

Click on one of the boxes below to select Hornworts, Liverworts or Mosses. Then expand the relevant letter to find the species you’re looking for.

These pages use Latin names as that is what most bryologists use all the time. Common names for bryophytes do exist, but are often confusingly similar and frequently not very intuitive. Taxonomists are constantly discovering new facts about species which mean that they get moved into a different genus, or split into 2 species, or other changes. See below for more on this subject.

Note for beginners and users of the BBS Field Guide

The UK checklist of bryophyte names has recently undergone significant change (as of January 2021). For the time being we will retain both the old and new names in the species list, although both will link to the same species page which will use the new names. Therefore, if you select a species name from the Field Guide such as Orthotrichum lyellii, and end up on a page called Pulvigera lyellii, this isn’t a mistake! To make this more obvious, old names will be ‘greyed out’ in the species list.

(* is a temporary category for species pages that are awaiting review)

A

Abietinella abietina >

Acaulon muticum >

Aloina aloides >

Aloina ambigua >

Aloina brevirostris >

Aloina rigida >

Amblyodon dealbatus >

Amblystegium confervoides >

Amblystegium humile >

Amblystegium serpens >

Amblystegium varium >

Amphidium mougeotii >

Andreaea hookeri >

Andreaea mutabilis >

Andreaea nivalis >

Andreaea rothii >

Andreaea rupestris >

Anoectangium aestivum >

Anomobryum julaceum >

Anomodon longifolius >

Anomodon viticulosus >

Antitrichia curtipendula >

Aongstroemia longipes >

Aphanorrhegma patens >

Aplodon wormskioldii >

Archidium alternifolium >

Arctoa fulvella >

Atrichum angustatum >

Atrichum crispum >

Atrichum tenellum >

Atrichum undulatum >

Aulacomnium androgynum >

Aulacomnium palustre >

Aulacomnium turgidum >

B

Barbula convoluta >

Barbula sardoa >

Barbula unguiculata >

Bartramia halleriana >

Bartramia ithyphylla >

Bartramia pomiformis >

Blindia acuta >

Blindiadelphus campylopodus >

Blindiadelphus recurvatus >

Brachydontium trichodes >

Brachytheciastrum velutinum >

Brachythecium albicans >

Brachythecium glaciale >

Brachythecium glareosum >

Brachythecium mildeanum >

Brachythecium plumosum >

Brachythecium populeum >

Brachythecium reflexum >

Brachythecium rivulare >

Brachythecium rutabulum >

Brachythecium salebrosum >

Brachythecium velutinum >

Braunia imberbis >

Breutelia chrysocoma >

Bryoerythrophyllum ferruginascens >

Bryoerythrophyllum recurvirostrum >

Bryum algovicum >

Bryum alpinum >

Bryum archangelicum >

Bryum argenteum >

Bryum bornholmense >

Bryum caespiticium >

Bryum calophyllum >

Bryum canariense >

Bryum capillare >

Bryum concinnatum >

Bryum demissum >

Bryum dichotomum >

Bryum donianum >

Bryum dyffrynense >

Bryum elegans >

Bryum gemmiferum >

Bryum gemmilucens >

Bryum gemmiparum >

Bryum intermedium >

Bryum julaceum >

Bryum klinggraeffii >

Bryum knowltonii >

Bryum kunzei >

Bryum marratii >

Bryum moravicum >

Bryum pallens >

Bryum pallescens >

Bryum pseudotriquetrum >

Bryum radiculosum >

Bryum riparium >

Bryum rubens >

Bryum ruderale >

Bryum sauteri >

Bryum subapiculatum >

Bryum torquescens >

Bryum uliginosum >

Bryum violaceum >

Bryum warneum >

Bryum weigelii >

Bryum zieri >

Buxbaumia aphylla >

Buxbaumia viridis >

C

Calliergon cordifolium >

Calliergon giganteum >

Calliergonella cuspidata >

Calliergonella lindbergii >

Campyliadelphus chrysophyllus >

Campyliadelphus elodes >

Campylium bambergeri >

Campylium chrysophyllum >

Campylium protensum >

Campylium stellatum >

Campylophyllopsis calcarea >

Campylophyllum calcareum >

Campylophyllum halleri >

Campylopus atrovirens >

Campylopus brevipilus >

Campylopus flexuosus >

Campylopus fragilis >

Campylopus gracilis >

Campylopus introflexus >

Campylopus pilifer >

Campylopus pyriformis >

Campylopus setifolius >

Campylopus shawii >

Campylopus subporodictyon >

Campylopus subulatus >

Campylostelium saxicola >

Catoscopium nigritum >

Ceratodon conicus >

Ceratodon purpureus >

Cheilothela chloropus >

Chenia leptophylla >

Chionoloma cylindrotheca >

Chionoloma hibernicum >

Chionoloma recurvifolium >

Chionoloma tenuirostre >

Cinclidium stygium >

Cinclidotus fontinaloides >

Cinclidotus riparius >

Cirriphyllum crassinervium >

Cirriphyllum piliferum >

Climacium dendroides >

Codonoblepharon forsteri >

Conardia compacta >

Conostomum tetragonum >

Coscinodon cribrosus >

Cratoneuron filicinum >

Cryphaea heteromalla >

Ctenidium molluscum >

Cyclodictyon laetevirens >

Cynodontium bruntonii >

Cynodontium jenneri >

D

Daltonia splachnoides >

Dendrocryphaea lamyana >

Dialytrichia mucronata >

Dialytrichia saxicola >

Dichodontium flavescens >

Dichodontium palustre >

Dichodontium pellucidum >

Dicranella cerviculata >

Dicranella heteromalla >

Dicranella howei >

Dicranella rufescens >

Dicranella schreberiana >

Dicranella staphylina >

Dicranella subulata >

Dicranella varia >

Dicranodontium asperulum >

Dicranodontium denudatum >

Dicranodontium subporodictyon >

Dicranodontium uncinatum >

Dicranoweisia cirrata >

Dicranoweisia crispula >

Dicranum bergeri >

Dicranum bonjeanii >

Dicranum flagellare >

Dicranum fuscescens >

Dicranum majus >

Dicranum montanum >

Dicranum polysetum >

Dicranum scoparium >

Dicranum scottianum >

Dicranum spurium >

Dicranum tauricum >

Dicranum undulatum >

Didymodon acutus >

Didymodon australasiae >

Didymodon fallax >

Didymodon ferrugineus >

Didymodon insulanus >

Didymodon luridus >

Didymodon nicholsonii >

Didymodon rigidulus >

Didymodon sinuosus >

Didymodon spadiceus >

Didymodon tomaculosus >

Didymodon tophaceus >

Didymodon vinealis >

Diphyscium foliosum >

Discelium nudum >

Distichium capillaceum >

Distichium inclinatum >

Ditrichum flexicaule >

Ditrichum gracile >

Ditrichum heteromallum >

Ditrichum lineare >

Ditrichum plumbicola >

Ditrichum pusillum >

Ditrichum subulatum >

Ditrichum zonatum >

Drepanocladus aduncus >

Drepanocladus lycopodioides >

Drepanocladus polygamus >

Drepanocladus trifarius >

E

Encalypta alpina >

Encalypta ciliata >

Encalypta rhaptocarpa >

Encalypta streptocarpa >

Encalypta vulgaris >

Entodon concinnus >

Entosthodon attenuatus >

Entosthodon fascicularis >

Entosthodon obtusus >

Ephemerum recurvifolium >

Ephemerum serratum >

Ephemerum stoloniferum >

Epipterygium tozeri >

Eucladium verticillatum >

Eurhynchiastrum diversifolium >

Eurhynchium pulchellum >

Eurhynchium striatulum >

Eurhynchium striatum >

F

Fissidens adianthoides >

Fissidens bryoides >

Fissidens celticus >

Fissidens crassipes >

Fissidens crispus >

Fissidens curnovii >

Fissidens curvatus >

Fissidens dubius >

Fissidens exilis >

Fissidens fontanus >

Fissidens gracilifolius >

Fissidens incurvus >

Fissidens limbatus >

Fissidens osmundoides >

Fissidens polyphyllus >

Fissidens pusillus >

Fissidens rivularis >

Fissidens rufulus >

Fissidens taxifolius >

Fissidens viridulus >

Flexitrichum flexicaule >

Flexitrichum gracile >

Fontinalis antipyretica >

Fontinalis squamosa >

Funaria hygrometrica >

G

Glyphomitrium daviesii >

Grimmia atrata >

Grimmia decipiens >

Grimmia donniana >

Grimmia funalis >

Grimmia hartmanii >

Grimmia laevigata >

Grimmia longirostris >

Grimmia montana >

Grimmia ovalis >

Grimmia pulvinata >

Grimmia ramondii >

Grimmia torquata >

Grimmia trichophylla >

Gymnostomum aeruginosum >

Gymnostomum calcareum >

Gymnostomum viridulum >

Gyroweisia tenuis >

H

Habrodon perpusillus >

Hageniella micans >

Hamatocaulis vernicosus >

Hedwigia integrifolia >

Hedwigia stellata >

Hennediella heimii >

Hennediella macrophylla >

Hennediella stanfordensis >

Herzogiella seligeri >

Herzogiella striatella >

Heterocladium flaccidum >

Heterocladium heteropterum >

Heterocladium wulfsbergii >

Homalia trichomanoides >

Homalothecium lutescens >

Homalothecium sericeum >

Homomallium incurvatum >

Hookeria lucens >

Hygroamblystegium fluviatile >

Hygroamblystegium humile >

Hygroamblystegium tenax >

Hygroamblystegium varium >

Hygrohypnella ochracea >

Hygrohypnum duriusculum >

Hygrohypnum eugyrium >

Hygrohypnum luridum >

Hygrohypnum ochraceum >

Hygrohypnum smithii >

Hylocomiadelphus triquetrus >

Hylocomiastrum pyrenaicum >

Hylocomiastrum umbratum >

Hylocomium splendens >

Hymenoloma crispulum >

Hymenostylium recurvirostrum >

Hyocomium armoricum >

Hypnum andoi >

Hypnum bambergeri >

Hypnum callichroum >

Hypnum cupressiforme >

Hypnum hamulosum >

Hypnum imponens >

Hypnum jutlandicum >

Hypnum lacunosum >

Hypnum resupinatum >

I

Isopterygiopsis muelleriana >

Isopterygiopsis pulchella >

Isothecium alopecuroides >

Isothecium holtii >

Isothecium myosuroides >

K

Kandaea elodes >

Kiaeria blyttii >

Kiaeria falcata >

Kiaeria glacialis >

Kiaeria starkei >

Kindbergia praelonga >

L

Leptobarbula berica >

Leptobryum pyriforme >

Leptodictyum riparium >

Leptodon smithii >

Leptodontium flexifolium >

Leptodontium gemmascens >

Leptophascum leptophyllum >

Lescuraea patens >

Lescuraea plicata >

Leskea polycarpa >

Leucobryum glaucum >

Leucobryum juniperoideum >

Leucodon sciuroides >

Lewinskya affinis >

Lewinskya rupestris >

Lewinskya striata >

Loeskeobryum brevirostre >

M

Meesia uliginosa >

Microbryum curvicollum >

Microbryum davallianum >

Microbryum rectum >

Microbryum starckeanum >

Microeurhynchium pumilum >

Mielichhoferia elongata >

Mnium hornum >

Mnium marginatum >

Mnium stellare >

Molendoa warburgii >

Myrinia pulvinata >

Myurella julacea >

Myurium hochstetteri >

N

Neckera complanata >

Neckera crispa >

Neckera pumila >

Neckera smithii >

Nogopterium gracile >

Nyholmiella gymnostoma >

Nyholmiella obtusifolia >

O

Octodiceras fontanum >

Oedipodium griffithianum >

Oligotrichum hercynicum >

Oncophorus virens >

Oncophorus wahlenbergii >

Oreoweisia bruntonii >

Orthodontium lineare >

Orthothecium intricatum >

Orthothecium rufescens >

Orthotrichum affine >

Orthotrichum anomalum >

Orthotrichum cupulatum >

Orthotrichum diaphanum >

Orthotrichum gymnostomum >

Orthotrichum lyellii >

Orthotrichum obtusifolium >

Orthotrichum pulchellum >

Orthotrichum rivulare >

Orthotrichum rupestre >

Orthotrichum sprucei >

Orthotrichum stramineum >

Orthotrichum striatum >

Orthotrichum tenellum >

Oxyrrhynchium hians >

Oxyrrhynchium schleicheri >

Oxyrrhynchium speciosum >

P

Paludella squarrosa >

Palustriella commutata >

Palustriella decipiens >

Palustriella falcata >

Paraleptodontium recurvifolium >

Phascum cuspidatum >

Philonotis arnellii >

Philonotis caespitosa >

Philonotis calcarea >

Philonotis cernua >

Philonotis fontana >

Philonotis marchica >

Philonotis rigida >

Philonotis seriata >

Physcomitrium patens >

Physcomitrium pyriforme >

Physcomitrium sphaericum >

Plagiobryum demissum >

Plagiobryum zieri >

Plagiomnium affine >

Plagiomnium cuspidatum >

Plagiomnium elatum >

Plagiomnium ellipticum >

Plagiomnium rostratum >

Plagiomnium undulatum >

Plagiopus oederianus >

Plagiothecium cavifolium >

Plagiothecium curvifolium >

Plagiothecium denticulatum >

Plagiothecium laetum >

Plagiothecium latebricola >

Plagiothecium nemorale >

Plagiothecium succulentum >

Plagiothecium undulatum >

Plasteurhynchium striatulum >

Platydictya jungermannioides >

Platygyrium repens >

Platyhypnidium alopecuroides >

Platyhypnidium riparioides >

Platyhypnum duriusculum >

Platyhypnum smithii >

Plenogemma phyllantha >

Pleuridium acuminatum >

Pleuridium subulatum >

Pleurochaete squarrosa >

Pleurozium schreberi >

Pogonatum aloides >

Pogonatum nanum >

Pogonatum urnigerum >

Pohlia annotina >

Pohlia cruda >

Pohlia drummondii >

Pohlia elongata >

Pohlia ludwigii >

Pohlia lutescens >

Pohlia melanodon >

Pohlia nutans >

Pohlia wahlenbergii >

Polytrichastrum alpinum >

Polytrichastrum formosum >

Polytrichastrum longisetum >

Polytrichastrum sexangulare >

Polytrichum commune >

Polytrichum formosum >

Polytrichum juniperinum >

Polytrichum longisetum >

Polytrichum perigoniale >

Polytrichum piliferum >

Polytrichum strictum >

Pottia davalliana >

Pottia starkeana >

Pottiopsis caespitosa >

Protobryum bryoides >

Pseudephemerum nitidum >

Pseudobryum cinclidioides >

Pseudocalliergon lycopodioides >

Pseudocalliergon trifarium >

Pseudocrossidium hornschuchianum >

Pseudocrossidium revolutum >

Pseudohygrohypnum eugyrium >

Pseudoleskea patens >

Pseudoleskeella catenulata >

Pseudoscleropodium purum >

Pseudotaxiphyllum elegans >

Pterigynandrum filiforme >

Pterogonium gracile >

Pterygoneurum ovatum >

Ptilium crista-castrensis >

Ptychodium plicatum >

Ptychomitrium polyphyllum >

Pulvigera lyellii >

Pylaisia polyantha >

R

Racomitrium aciculare >

Racomitrium affine >

Racomitrium aquaticum >

Racomitrium canescens >

Racomitrium ellipticum >

Racomitrium elongatum >

Racomitrium ericoides >

Racomitrium fasciculare >

Racomitrium heterostichum >

Racomitrium lanuginosum >

Racomitrium sudeticum >

Rhabdoweisia crenulata >

Rhabdoweisia crispata >

Rhabdoweisia fugax >

Rhizomnium magnifolium >

Rhizomnium pseudopunctatum >

Rhizomnium punctatum >

Rhodobryum roseum >

Rhynchostegiella curviseta >

Rhynchostegiella pumila >

Rhynchostegiella tenella >

Rhynchostegiella teneriffae >

Rhynchostegium alopecuroides >

Rhynchostegium confertum >

Rhynchostegium megapolitanum >

Rhynchostegium murale >

Rhynchostegium riparioides >

Rhynchostegium rotundifolium >

Rhytidiadelphus loreus >

Rhytidiadelphus squarrosus >

Rhytidiadelphus subpinnatus >

Rhytidiadelphus triquetrus >

Rhytidium rugosum >

S

Saelania glaucescens >

Sanionia orthothecioides >

Sanionia uncinata >

Sarmentypnum exannulatum >

Sarmentypnum sarmentosum >

Schistidium agassizii >

Schistidium apocarpum >

Schistidium atrofuscum >

Schistidium confertum >

Schistidium crassipilum >

Schistidium elegantulum >

Schistidium maritimum >

Schistidium platyphyllum >

Schistidium pruinosum >

Schistidium rivulare >

Schistidium robustum >

Schistidium strictum >

Schistidium trichodon >

Schistostega pennata >

Sciuro-hypnum glaciale >

Sciuro-hypnum plumosum >

Sciuro-hypnum populeum >

Sciuro-hypnum reflexum >

Scleropodium cespitans >

Scleropodium touretii >

Scopelophila cataractae >

Scorpidium cossonii >

Scorpidium revolvens >

Scorpidium scorpioides >

Scorpiurium circinatum >

Seligeria calcarea >

Seligeria calycina >

Seligeria donniana >

Seligeria oelandica >

Seligeria patula >

Seligeria pusilla >

Seligeria recurvata >

Seligeria trifaria >

Sematophyllum demissum >

Sematophyllum micans >

Sematophyllum substrumulosum >

Serpoleskea confervoides >

Southbya nigrella >

Sphagnum affine >

Sphagnum angustifolium >

Sphagnum auriculatum >

Sphagnum austinii >

Sphagnum balticum >

Sphagnum capillifolium >

Sphagnum compactum >

Sphagnum contortum >

Sphagnum cuspidatum >

Sphagnum denticulatum >

Sphagnum fallax >

Sphagnum fimbriatum >

Sphagnum flexuosum >

Sphagnum fuscum >

Sphagnum girgensohnii >

Sphagnum inundatum >

Sphagnum lindbergii >

Sphagnum magellanicum >

Sphagnum majus >

Sphagnum medium >

Sphagnum molle >

Sphagnum palustre >

Sphagnum papillosum >

Sphagnum platyphyllum >

Sphagnum pulchrum >

Sphagnum quinquefarium >

Sphagnum riparium >

Sphagnum rubellum >

Sphagnum russowii >

Sphagnum skyense >

Sphagnum squarrosum >

Sphagnum strictum >

Sphagnum subnitens >

Sphagnum subsecundum >

Sphagnum tenellum >

Sphagnum teres >

Sphagnum warnstorfii >

Splachnum ampullaceum >

Splachnum sphaericum >

Stegonia latifolia >

Stereodon callichrous >

Stereodon hamulosus >

Straminergon stramineum >

Streblotrichum convolutum >

Syntrichia intermedia >

Syntrichia laevipila >

Syntrichia latifolia >

Syntrichia montana >

Syntrichia papillosa >

Syntrichia princeps >

Syntrichia ruraliformis >

Syntrichia ruralis >

Syntrichia virescens >

T

Taxiphyllum wissgrillii >

Tayloria lingulata >

Tetraphis pellucida >

Tetraplodon angustatus >

Tetraplodon mnioides >

Tetrodontium brownianum >

Thamnobryum alopecurum >

Thuidium assimile >

Thuidium delicatulum >

Thuidium tamariscinum >

Timmia austriaca >

Timmia norvegica >

Tomentypnum nitens >

Tortella bambergeri >

Tortella fasciculata >

Tortella flavovirens >

Tortella inflexa >

Tortella nitida >

Tortella pseudofragilis >

Tortella squarrosa >

Tortella tortuosa >

Tortula acaulon >

Tortula atrovirens >

Tortula canescens >

Tortula caucasica >

Tortula cuneifolia >

Tortula lanceola >

Tortula lindbergii >

Tortula marginata >

Tortula modica >

Tortula muralis >

Tortula protobryoides >

Tortula subulata >

Tortula truncata >

Tortula viridifolia >

Trichodon cylindricus >

Trichostomum brachydontium >

Trichostomum crispulum >

Trichostomum hibernicum >

Trichostomum tenuirostre >

U

Ulota bruchii >

Ulota calvescens >

Ulota coarctata >

Ulota crispa >

Ulota crispula >

Ulota drummondii >

Ulota hutchinsiae >

Ulota intermedia >

Ulota phyllantha >

W

Warnstorfia exannulata >

Warnstorfia fluitans >

Warnstorfia sarmentosa >

Weissia angustifolia >

Weissia brachycarpa >

Weissia controversa >

Weissia longifolia >

Weissia rostellata >

Weissia rutilans >

Weissia squarrosa >

Weissia sterilis >

Z

Zygodon conoideus >

Zygodon forsteri >

Zygodon gracilis >

Zygodon rupestris >

Zygodon stirtonii >

Zygodon viridissimus >