Image Sue Scott - Luidia ciliaris. Image width ca 60 cm.
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Luidia ciliaris is not listed under any importance categories.
|Phylum||Echinodermata||Starfish, brittlestars, sea urchins & sea cucumbers|
|Class||Stelleroidea||Starfish, sea stars, cushion stars and brittlestars|
|Recorded Distribution in Britain and Ireland||Occurs around the north, west and southwest coasts of Britain and all around the Irish coast.|
|Habitat information||Found on sand, gravel, mixed sediments and rock from the lower shore to about 400 m. May partly burrow into soft sediments.|
|Description||Luidia ciliaris is a large starfish, typically 40 cm across and occasionally up to 60 cm. It is red, orange-brown or yellow in colour and lighter on the underside. There are seven long arms that are a constant width along their length, tapering only at their outer end. A fringe of short white spines projects down the margins of each arm. The tube feet are long and have no suckers.|
|Additional information||Luidia ciliaris is a fragile species and may have arms that vary in width or length due to their regeneration.|
This review can be cited as follows:
Penny Avant 2008. Luidia ciliaris. Seven-armed starfish. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 20/06/2013]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/speciesinformation.php?speciesID=3740>