Asterias rubens
Common starfish

Asterias rubens
Common starfish Asterias rubens. A damaged small individual regrowing its arms is in the foreground.
Image width ca 40 cm.
Image: Sue Scott

Phylum Echinodermata
Class Asteroidea
Habitat Information
Asterias rubens occurs in varying abundance upon a variety of substrata that include coarse and shelly gravel and rock. Reported abundances vary between 2-31 Asterias rubens per m² on fine sand and 324-809 specimens on algal carpets (Anger et al., 1977).
Species description
Asterias rubens is the most common and familiar starfish in the north-east Atlantic region. Asterias rubens may grow up to 52 cm in diameter, but commonly 10-30 cm. Asterias rubens is variable in colour, though usually orange, pale brown or violet. Deep-water specimens are pale. It has five tapering arms, broad at the base that are often slightly turned up at the tip when active.
PMF archive information
Species name is listed in the PMF at the following locations:
>Castle Rocks
The Salstone

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