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Crossaster papposus (Linnaeus, 1767)

Common sun-star

Crossaster papposus

Cap Lévy, France, 14 meters, ML

Description

Crossaster papposus is a starfish of up to 35 cm in diameter. Its body has the shape of a broad disc surrounded by a variable number of tapered arms, between 8 to 16 but more frequently from 10 to 12. The upper surface is covered by short visible spines. The disc is orange, red or brown with some scattered white spots. The bases of the arms are often white-spotted and broad white bands may cross the arms. It lives on rocks or sandy bottoms and feeds on other Echinoderms such as Asterias rubens.

Distribution

Crossaster papposus is found from 1 m to depths up to 1200 m, in the Atlantic Ocean from Greenland down to the coasts of Brittany, in the English Channel, the North Sea and in the Western-Baltic Sea.

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

Données de distribution : Crossaster papposus (Linnaeus, 1767) in GBIF Secretariat (2019). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset https://doi.org/10.15468/39omei accessed via GBIF.org on 2020-09-25.

Classification

Source : World Register of Marine Species


Biota (Superdomain)
Animalia (Kingdom)
Echinodermata (Phylum)
Asterozoa (Subphylum)
Asteroidea (Class)
Valvatacea (Superorder)
Valvatida (Order)
Solasteridae (Family)
Crossaster (Genus)
Crossaster papposus (Species)

Authors

Text : Anne Bay-Nouailhat © 2006 - 2020.

Photos : © Maurice Loir. 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 : Crossaster papposus (Linnaeus, 1767) in GBIF Secretariat (2019). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset https://doi.org/10.15468/39omei accessed via GBIF.org on 2020-09-25.

How to cite this page

Bay-Nouailhat A., March 2006, Description of Crossaster papposus, [On line] http://european-marine-life.org/30/crossaster-papposus.php, consulted on 2020 September 25.

Author

Photographie de Anne Bay-Nouailhat

Anne Bay-Nouailhat

Project manager in marine environment
Professional diver - Naturalist

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