BIOTIC Species Information for Brissopsis lyrifera
Researched byLizzie Tyler Data supplied byUniversity of Sheffield
Refereed byThis information is not refereed.
Distribution and Habitat
Distribution in Britain & IrelandRecorded off the west, north and east coasts of the British Isles, but not off the south coast. Common in deep water.
Global distributionBrissopsis lyrifera may be found in offshore or inshore stable sediments from Norway and Iceland to South Africa and the Mediterranean. Also present on the east coast of North America but not Greenland.
Biogeographic rangeNot researched Depth range5 - 500 m
MigratoryNon-migratory / Resident   
Distribution Additional InformationBrissopsis lyrifera typically co-occurs with the brittle star, %Amphiura chiajei%, on muddy, soft bottom areas of the North Sea, the Skagerrak and the Kattegat (Hollertz et al., 1998).

Substratum preferencesMud
Muddy sand
Physiographic preferencesOffshore seabed
Open coast
Biological zoneLower Circalittoral
Circalittoral Offshore
Bathybenthic (Bathyal)
Wave exposureNot relevant
Tidal stream strength/Water flowWeak (<1 kn)
Very Weak (negligible)
SalinityVariable (18-40 psu)
Full (30-40 psu)
Habitat Preferences Additional Information
Distribution References Hayward et al., 1996, Hayward & Ryland, 1995b, Picton, 1993, Hollertz et al., 1998, Mortensen, 1927, Foster-Smith, 2000, Crothers, 1966, Bruce et al., 1963, Picton & Costello, 1998, JNCC, 1999, Hayward & Ryland, 1990, Mortensen, 1927,
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