|General Information||Taxonomy and identification||General biology||Habitat preferences and distribution||Reproduction and longevity||Sensitivity||Importance|
Image Keith Hiscock - Antedon bifida at Firestone Bay in Plymouth Sound.
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Antedon bifida is not listed under any importance categories.
|Researched by:||Jacqueline Hill||Refereed by:||This information is not refereed.|
|Phylum||Echinodermata||Starfish, brittlestars, sea urchins & sea cucumbers|
|Class||Crinoidea||Feather stars and sea lilies|
|Recorded distribution in Britain and Ireland||Antedon bifida is found around most of Britain and Ireland but is apparently absent from the southern part of the east coast of England.|
|Habitat information||Antedon bifida is found from the shallow sublittoral to depths of 450 m but is most abundant between 15 and 40 m (La Touche, 1978). It is occasionally observed at the level of the lowest spring tides. It is free-moving but is usually found clinging by its cirri to the walls of gullies and on seaweeds in areas of fast flowing water currents.|
|Description||A feather-star with five pairs of feathery arms, 5-10 cm in length. The species is secured to the substratum by movable, claw-like cirri, up to about 25, on the undersurface of the disc. The animal is thus able to crawl, often quite swiftly. The colour of Antedon bifida is varied, red, pink, orange or yellow, often mottled or banded.|
This review can be cited as follows:
Jacqueline Hill 2008. Antedon bifida. Rosy feather-star. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 18/05/2013]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/speciesfullreview.php?speciesID=2542>