|ECHINODERMATA : APODIDA : Synaptidae||STARFISH, SEA URCHINS, ETC.|
Description: A worm-like holothurian which burrows in muddy sand and has twelve digitate tentacles and no tube-feet. Each tentacle has four digits. The colour is pink or red-brown, sometimes purple. The spicules are anchors and racket shaped anchor-plates with handles. Up to 30cm in length.
Habitat: Burrows in clean or muddy sand and reaches out of its burrow to collect fine particles of detritus with its tentacles. Found from the lower shore to 70m depth.
Distribution: Recorded from all western coasts of the British Isles.
Similar Species: Labidoplax thompsoni (Herapath, 1865) is a similar species which differs primarily in having strange irregularly thickened plates in the anterior end of the body.
Key Identification Features:
Distribution Map from NBN: Interactive map : National Biodiversity Network mapping facility, data for UK.
WoRMS: Species record : World Register of Marine Species.
|Picton, B.E. & Morrow, C.C. (2016). Labidoplax digitata (Montagu, 1815). [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland. |
http://www.habitas.org.uk/marinelife/species.asp?item=ZB5330 Accessed on 2017-05-29
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