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species

Rosy Starfish
Stichastrella rosea (O.F. Müller, 1776)

kingdom Animalia - animals »  phylum Echinodermata - Echinoderms »  class Asteroidea »  order Forcipulatida »  family Stichasteridae

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Ecology

Occurs on rocky or sandy substrates on exposed or moderately exposed sites, from 4 m but mostly below 30 m depth and down to 400 m.

Description

Body with a small disc, a distinctive madreporite and 5 round, tapering arms. Orange-reddish or more yellowish in colour.

Size

Up to 300 mm in diameter

Distribution

North East Atlantic. Northern parts of the North Sea.

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