ECHINODERMATA : OPHIURIDA : AmphiuridaeSTARFISH, SEA URCHINS, ETC.

Amphipholis squamata (Chiaje, 1829)


Amphipholis squamata

Description: A small inconspicuous brittle star found commonly amongst sessile invertebrates, beneath boulders, etc. The disc is circular and the arms relatively short and thin. The disc is covered with scales and the radial plates are half-moon shaped and conspicuous. There are four short conical arm spines and two tentacle scales. Disc 3-5mm., arms 4x disc diameter.

Habitat: Found commonly amongst algae, bryozoans etc. intertidally and in shallow water and under shells, stones and boulders.

Distribution: Found all round the British Isles.

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
http://www.habitas.org.uk/marinelife/species.asp?item=ZB3000

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