|General Information||Taxonomy and identification||General biology||Habitat preferences and distribution||Reproduction and longevity||Sensitivity||Importance|
Image Keith Hiscock - Henricia oculata. Image width ca 30 cm.
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Henricia oculata is not listed under any importance categories.
|Researched by:||Angus Jackson||Refereed by:||Dr A.C. Campbell|
|Phylum||Echinodermata||Starfish, brittlestars, sea urchins & sea cucumbers|
|Class||Stelleroidea||Starfish, sea stars, cushion stars and brittlestars|
|Recorded distribution in Britain and Ireland||All round Ireland except perhaps for the east coast. South-east England round to the west coast northwards to northern Scotland.|
|Habitat information||Found on a variety of substrata on open coasts.|
|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.|
This review can be cited as follows:
Angus Jackson 2008. Henricia oculata. Bloody Henry starfish. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 25/05/2013]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/speciesfullreview.php?speciesID=3479>