BIOTIC Species Information for Astropecten irregularis
Researched byMorvan Barnes & Sean Lindsley-Leake Data supplied byMarLIN
Refereed byThis information is not refereed
Distribution and Habitat
Distribution in Britain & IrelandFound throughout British and Irish coastal waters.
Global distributionFound in north-west European waters, predominantly in the British Isles and Ireland but also north-east France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Denmark and Norway.
Biogeographic rangeTemperate. Depth range10 to 1000 m.
MigratorySeasonal (feeding)   
Distribution Additional Information

Substratum preferencesGravelley sand
Muddy sand
Fine clean sand
Coarse clean sand
Physiographic preferencesStrait / sound
Offshore seabed
Open coast
Biological zoneBathybenthic (Bathyal)
Circalittoral Offshore
Lower Circalittoral
Upper Circalittoral
Lower Infralittoral
Upper Infralittoral
Wave exposureField unresearched
Tidal stream strength/Water flowField unresearched
SalinityFull (30-40 psu)
Habitat Preferences Additional Information
Distribution References Hayward et al., 1996, Hayward & Ryland, 1995b, Picton, 1993, Fish & Fish, 1996, Mortensen, 1927, NBN, 2002, Picton & Costello, 1998, JNCC, 1999,
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