Luidia ciliaris

Luidia ciliaris


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.

Item Type:Image
Title:Luidia ciliaris
Creator(s):Gates, A.
Identification:Gates, A.
Date:10 October 2010
Classification:Kingdom Animalia > Phylum Echinodermata (Echinoderms) > Class Asteroidea (Sea Stars)
Species:Luidia ciliaris
Site:Atlantic > North Sea > West of Shetland > Whirlwind
North Sea > West of Shetland > Whirlwind
Depth (m):184
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
ROV:Super Spartan
Deposited By:Dr Andrew Gates
Deposited On:05 January 2015

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