|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 BioMar data for Ireland - Google Earth map: download this placemark (not got Google Earth installed?)
Distribution Map from NBN: JNCC MNCR Seasearch data - Grid map : Interactive map : 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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