Overview

Comprehensive Description

Description

 A stiff rigid starfish with a sandpapery texture to the dorsal surface. This species comes in a wide variety of colour forms, reds, browns, purples and yellows. Sometimes the disc and inner portions of the arms is much darker than the outer part of the arms, as though the animal has been splashed with paint. The dorsal spinelets are more opaque and irregular than in Henricia sanguinolenta.Sometimes confused with Henricia sanguinolenta.
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Description

A stiff rigid starfish with a sandpapery texture to the dorsal surface. This species comes in a wide variety of colour forms, reds, browns, purples and yellows. Sometimes the disc and inner portions of the arms is much darker than the outer part of the arms, as though the animal has been splashed with paint. The dorsal spinelets are more opaque and irregular than in Henricia sanguinolenta. Usually about 12cm across. It may be impossible to distinguish this species from Henricia sanguinolenta except in the laboratory.
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Distribution

The commonest species of Henricia around the British Isles, occuring from low intertidal to at least 50 m depth, on sotnes, shells, and gravel around western and northern coasts of British Isles
  • Southward, E.C.; Campbell, A.C. (2006). [Echinoderms: keys and notes for the identification of British species]. Synopses of the British fauna (new series), 56. Field Studies Council: Shrewsbury, UK. ISBN 1-85153-269-2. 272 pp.
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Apparently a southern form in the British Isles, occurring on all western coasts. Confusion with Henricia sanguinolenta makes it difficult to be precise.
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Ecology

Habitat

Depth range based on 538 specimens in 1 taxon.
Water temperature and chemistry ranges based on 84 samples.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 0 - 88
  Temperature range (°C): 9.413 - 12.270
  Nitrate (umol/L): 1.737 - 8.618
  Salinity (PPS): 33.881 - 35.352
  Oxygen (ml/l): 6.013 - 6.665
  Phosphate (umol/l): 0.262 - 0.626
  Silicate (umol/l): 1.488 - 4.454

Graphical representation

Depth range (m): 0 - 88

Temperature range (°C): 9.413 - 12.270

Nitrate (umol/L): 1.737 - 8.618

Salinity (PPS): 33.881 - 35.352

Oxygen (ml/l): 6.013 - 6.665

Phosphate (umol/l): 0.262 - 0.626

Silicate (umol/l): 1.488 - 4.454
 
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 Found on a variety of substrata on open coasts.
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A very common starfish in sublittoral habitats with considerable water movement. Found in the most exposed sites, in kelp forests, in tidal-stream rapids and on vertical cliffs.
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Life History and Behavior

Behavior

Breeding

Lecithotrophic, probaly planktonic larva. Spring
  • Southward, E.C.; Campbell, A.C. (2006). [Echinoderms: keys and notes for the identification of British species]. Synopses of the British fauna (new series), 56. Field Studies Council: Shrewsbury, UK. ISBN 1-85153-269-2. 272 pp.
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage: Henricia oculata

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 1
Species With Barcodes: 1
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