BIOTIC Species Information for Urticina felina
Researched byAngus Jackson & Dr Keith Hiscock Data supplied byMarLIN
Refereed byProf. Daphne Fautin
General Biology
Growth formGlobose
Feeding methodPredator
Mobility/MovementTemporary attachment
Environmental positionEpibenthic
Typical food typesSee additional information. HabitAttached
BioturbatorNot relevant FlexibilityHigh (>45 degrees)
FragilityIntermediate SizeMedium(11-20 cm)
HeightInsufficient information Growth RateInsufficient information
Adult dispersal potentialVery limited (<1m) DependencyIndependent
General Biology Additional InformationDensities vary from solitary individuals to dense carpets in ideal locations such as crevices and gullies. Measurements of size refer to the diameter across the base. Growth is dependent on the level of feeding so size is not proportional to age. Gosse (1860) notes [most likely from aquarium observations] that "the shore crab (Carcinus) is its ordinary prey but it feeds on limpets, and other Mollusca and nereids and shrimps and on Echinus [now Psammechinus] miliaris. Rasmussen (1973) records Urticina felina as feeding mainly on gammarids in banks of Mytilus edulis.
Biology References Hayward et al., 1996, Solé-Cava et al., 1985, Chia & Spaulding, 1972., Manuel, 1988, Houtman et al., 1997, Migné & Davoult, 1997(a), Rasmussen, 1973, Wedi & Dunn, 1983, Elliott, 1992, Solé-Cava et al., 1994, Picton & Costello, 1998, Moen, 1996, Gosse, 1860,
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