ECHINODERMATA : DENDROCHIROTIDA : CucumariidaeSTARFISH, SEA URCHINS, ETC.

Aslia lefevrei (Barrois, 1882)


Description: A brown leathery body and dark brown tentacles emerging from a crevice are characteristic of this species. There are five distinct rows of tube-feet and the introvert is dark brown. The main spicules are knobbly with four holes and there is a layer of smaller basket-like spicules just below the surface of the skin. 15cm in length, tentacles 10cm.

Habitat: Lives in rock crevices in areas of moderate water movement and clean water conditions. Low water-mark to 30m depth.

Distribution: Found on all western coasts of the British Isles.

Similar Species: Most likely to be confused with Pawsonia saxicola with which it is often found.

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=ZB4790

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