|ECHINODERMATA : DENDROCHIROTIDA : Cucumariidae||STARFISH, SEA URCHINS, ETC.|
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 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. (2016). Aslia lefevrei (Barrois, 1882). [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland. |
http://www.habitas.org.uk/marinelife/species.asp?item=ZB4790 Accessed on 2016-08-28
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