Henricia oculata
Bloody Henry starfish

Henricia oculata
Henricia oculata.
Image width ca 30 cm.
Image: Keith Hiscock

Phylum Echinodermata
Class Asteroidea
Habitat Information
Found on a variety of substrata on open coasts.
Species 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.
PMF archive information
Species name is listed in the PMF at the following locations:
>Eddystone (inner) Channel Grounds
Eddystone (outer) Channel Grounds
Mewstone area
Reny Rocks
Stoke Point Grounds
Wembury bay

Links to the MarLIN Biology and Sensitivity Key-information pages

Basic Information

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