|ECHINODERMATA : SPINULOSIDA : Echinasteridae||STARFISH, SEA URCHINS, ETC.|
Description: A stiff rigid starfish with a sandpapery texture to the dorsal surface. This species comes in a variety of colour forms, purple being the most common. It is only distinguished from the next species by the very fine dorsal spinelets which have 3-6 glassy points. Usually about 12cm across.
Habitat: Occurs in a variety of moderately exposed and exposed habitats on rocks and amongst hydroids, sponges, etc.
Distribution: A northern species in the British Isles probably occurring with Henricia oculata on the west coast of Scotland.
Similar Species: It may be impossible to distinguish this species from Henricia oculata except in the laboratory.
Key Identification Features:
Distribution Map from BioMar data for Ireland - Google Earth map: download this placemark (not got Google Earth installed?)
Distribution Map from NBN: Grid map (fast) : Interactive map (slow, requires login to view records) : National Biodiversity Network mapping facility, data for UK.
|Picton, B.E. & Morrow, C.C., 2010. [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland |
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