|ECHINODERMATA : APODIDA : Synaptidae||STARFISH, SEA URCHINS, ETC.|
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 |
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