|ECHINODERMATA : FORCIPULATIDA : Asteriidae||STARFISH, SEA URCHINS, ETC.|
Description: This starfish has five long stiff tapering arms with a regular linear pattern of rounded plates on the dorsal surface. It is orange in colour, sometimes brighter, sometimes more yellow. Up to 15cm across.
Habitat: An uncommon species, may be found in rocky exposed or moderately exposed sites, mostly below 30m depth. On the west coast of Ireland it is most common on limestone seabeds.
Distribution: Apparently a northern species in the British Isles, occurring on the Atlantic coasts but rarely recorded from the south coast of England.
Similar Species: Henricia oculata can occur in a similar colour form but has a more sandpaper like, spiny texture.
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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