This large seven-armed starfish was rarely encountered during fieldwork Whirlwind and not seen at Lancaster. It is most likely Luidia ciliaris indentified from the photographs by the number of arms (seven), the long tube feet, velvety orange/brown texture and pale coloured spines on the margins of the arms. It is found on sandy or gravel seabed down to 400 m depth off European coasts with Shetland near the northern limit of its range. They may lie buried in the sediment and are predators of other echinoderms such as brittle stars and asteroids. They may grow up to 60 cm in diameter.
|Date:||10 October 2010|
|Classification:||Kingdom Animalia > Phylum Echinodermata (Echinoderms) > Class Asteroidea (Sea Stars)|
|Site:||Atlantic > North Sea > West of Shetland > Whirlwind|
North Sea > West of Shetland > Whirlwind
|Latitude:||60 deg 17' 01" N|
|Longitude:||3 deg 50' 19" E|
|Countries:||UK > West of Shetland|
|Substratum:||Sand and gravel with some boulders|
|Project Partners:||Hurricane Exploration (HEX), Fugro|
|Deposited By:||Dr Andrew Gates|
|Deposited On:||05 January 2015|
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