|ECHINODERMATA : VELATIDA : Pterasteridae||STARFISH, SEA URCHINS, ETC.|
Description: Small starfish with short arms. The spines at the edges of the arms are webbed together by a membrane. Colour reported to vary from white through yellow to red. Up to 15cm in diameter.
Distribution: Northern North Sea, in more than 100m. Possible record from 36m, Ross-shire. Widespread in the Arctic to southern Norway.
Similar Species: Pteraster pulvillus is similar but has shorter arms and 8-15 branches on the spines supporting the paxillae.
Key Identification Features:
Distribution Map from NBN: Interactive map : National Biodiversity Network mapping facility, data for UK.
|Picton, B.E. & Morrow, C.C. (2016). Pteraster militaris (O F Müller, 1776). [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland. |
http://www.habitas.org.uk/marinelife/species.asp?item=ZB1250 Accessed on 2018-04-21
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