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Echinaster (Echinaster) sepositus (Retzius, 1783)

Red starfish

Echinaster (Echinaster) sepositus

Illes Medes, Spain, 18 meters, 2018, WBN

Echinaster (Echinaster) sepositus

Camaret, France, 13 meters, 2009, WBN

Description

Echinaster (Echinaster) sepositus is a starfish of up to 20 cm in diameter, but which can reach sometimes up to 30 cm. It has five long cylindrical tapering arms surrounding a small central disc. Its surface is covered by numerous small craters and its colour is bright red-orange. It lives on rocky bottoms.

Distribution

Echinaster (Echinaster) sepositus is found from 1 m to 250 m deep. It is common in the Mediterranean Sea, on the French coasts of the English channel and on the African coasts down to the Equator. In other areas of the North-East Atlantic Ocean, it is rare or even absent.

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

Données de distribution : Echinaster (Echinaster) sepositus (Retzius, 1783) in GBIF Secretariat (2019). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset https://doi.org/10.15468/39omei accessed via GBIF.org on 2020-10-27.

Classification

Source : World Register of Marine Species


Biota (Superdomain)
Animalia (Kingdom)
Echinodermata (Phylum)
Asterozoa (Subphylum)
Asteroidea (Class)
Spinulosacea (Superorder)
Spinulosida (Order)
Echinasteridae (Family)
Echinaster (Genus)
Echinaster (Echinaster) (Subgenus)
Echinaster (Echinaster) sepositus (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 : Echinaster (Echinaster) sepositus (Retzius, 1783) in GBIF Secretariat (2019). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset https://doi.org/10.15468/39omei accessed via GBIF.org on 2020-10-27.

How to cite this page

Bay-Nouailhat A., February 2005, Description of Echinaster (Echinaster) sepositus, [On line] http://european-marine-life.org/30/echinaster-(echinaster)-sepositus.php, consulted on 2020 October 27.

Author

Photographie de Anne Bay-Nouailhat

Anne Bay-Nouailhat

Project manager in marine environment
Professional diver - Naturalist

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