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Asterina gibbosa (Pennant, 1777)

Cushion starfish

Asterina gibbosa

Concarneau Bay, France, 6 meters, 2004, WBN

Description

Asterina gibbosa is a starfish of 2 to 7 cm in diameter. Its color is variable: pale-green, gray, ochre, beige or brown. Its flattened body is subpentagonal and armtips are rounded. Only the central disc is slighlty swollen. It feeds on bivalves, gastropods and brittle stars found on rocks.

Distribution

Asterina gibbosa is found from surface to 20 m deep, rarely down to 100 m, in the Atlantic Ocean, the English Channel and in the Mediterranean Sea. It is rare in the North Sea.

Image satellite: © Esri, DigitalGlobe, GeoEye, Earthstar Geographics, CNES/Airbus DS, USDA, USGS, AeroGRID, IGN, and the GIS User Community.

Données de distribution : Asterina gibbosa (Pennant, 1777) in GBIF Secretariat (2019). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset https://doi.org/10.15468/39omei accessed via GBIF.org on 2020-09-29.

Classification

Source : World Register of Marine Species


Biota (Superdomain)
Animalia (Kingdom)
Echinodermata (Phylum)
Asterozoa (Subphylum)
Asteroidea (Class)
Valvatacea (Superorder)
Valvatida (Order)
Asterinidae (Family)
Asterina (Genus)
Asterina gibbosa (Species)

Authors

Text : Anne Bay-Nouailhat © 2005 - 2020.

Photos : © Wilfried Bay-Nouailhat. Published with his kind permission.
Websites and reference works : Consult bibliography

Image satellite: © Esri, DigitalGlobe, GeoEye, Earthstar Geographics, CNES/Airbus DS, USDA, USGS, AeroGRID, IGN, and the GIS User Community.

Données de distribution : Asterina gibbosa (Pennant, 1777) in GBIF Secretariat (2019). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset https://doi.org/10.15468/39omei accessed via GBIF.org on 2020-09-29.

How to cite this page

Bay-Nouailhat A., March 2005, Description of Asterina gibbosa, [On line] http://european-marine-life.org/30/asterina-gibbosa.php, consulted on 2020 September 29.

Author

Photographie de Anne Bay-Nouailhat

Anne Bay-Nouailhat

Project manager in marine environment
Professional diver - Naturalist

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