Hippasteria phrygiana (Parelius, 1768)

Hippasteria phrygiana

Description: A solid, well-plated cushion-like starfish with short arms and a large body. The upper surface is red in colour and covered with rounded knob-like spines. Below there are many macroscopic bivalved pedicellariae. Up to 20cm across

Habitat: Little known, apparently lives on flat sediment bottoms, feeding on other Echinoderms and on bivalves.

Distribution: Rather rare in the British Isles, found in Scotland and the Shetlands and in the North Sea.

Similar Species: Porania pulvillus is similar in shape but not in texture.

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). Hippasteria phrygiana (Parelius, 1768). [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland. Accessed on 2024-05-30

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