Aslia lefevrei (Barrois, 1882)

Aslia lefevrei

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: NBN map : National Biodiversity Network mapping facility, data for UK.

WoRMS: Species record : World Register of Marine Species.

iNaturalist: Species account : iNaturalist World Species Observations database

 Picton, B.E. & Morrow, C.C. (2016). Aslia lefevrei (Barrois, 1882). [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland. Accessed on 2024-06-24

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