Henricia sanguinolenta (O F Müller, 1776)

Henricia sanguinolenta

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.

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Distribution Map from NBN: Grid map (fast) : Interactive map (slower, requires login to view records) : National Biodiversity Network mapping facility, data for UK.

 Picton, B.E. & Morrow, C.C. (2015). Henricia sanguinolenta (O F Müller, 1776). [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland. Accessed on 2015-11-25

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