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Henricia oculata (Pennant, 1777)

Bloody Henry

Henricia oculata

Glénan Archipelago, France, 20 meters, 2005, WBN

Henricia oculata

Glénan Archipelago, France, 18 meters, 2005, WBN

Description

Henricia oculata is a starfish of 10 to 20 cm in diameter. It has five long and rigid cylindrical tapering arms. Its surface is smooth, of variable colour, purple to orange with sometimes red spots. It lives on sand, gravels, stones and rocks and feeds on sponges.

Similar species

Henricia sanguinolenta is a species very similar to Henricia oculata but their distributions are different: Henricia sanguinolenta is only a circumartic species.

Distribution

Henricia oculata is found from surface to 100 m deep in the Atlantic Ocean down to the Bay of Biscay, in the English channel, the North Sea and the Western-Baltic Sea.

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Données de distribution : Henricia oculata (Pennant, 1777) 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)
Spinulosacea (Superorder)
Spinulosida (Order)
Echinasteridae (Family)
Henricia (Genus)
Henricia oculata (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 : Henricia oculata (Pennant, 1777) 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., November 2005, Description of Henricia oculata, [On line] http://european-marine-life.org/30/henricia-oculata.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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