ECHINODERMATA : APODIDA : SynaptidaeSTARFISH, SEA URCHINS, ETC.

Leptosynapta bergensis (Ostergren, 1905)


Description: A worm-like holothurian with twelve pinnate tentacles and no tube-feet. Each tentacle has 8-11 pairs of digits, increasing in length towards the end of the tentacle. Colour is pink with a transparent skin and obvious longitudinal muscle-bands. spicules are anchors associated with pear-shaped anchor-plates. Typically 10-30cm in length.

Habitat: Burrows in muddy sand in the sublittoral.

Distribution: Found on all coasts of the British Isles.

Similar Species: All British synaptids are superficially similar and their tentacles and spicules must be examined with a microscope or hand-lens to distinguish the species.

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=ZB5240

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