BIOTIC Species Information for Asterina gibbosa
Researched byMorvan Barnes Data supplied byMarLIN
Refereed byThis information is not refereed
Distribution and Habitat
Distribution in Britain & IrelandCommon on many British and Irish coasts but sparse in the north-east and not recorded from Lincolnshire around to Hampshire.
Global distributionFound in western Europe from Norway and the Shetland Isles south to the Azores and the Mediterranean.
Biogeographic rangeTemperate to warm temperate. Depth rangeLower shore to 30 m.
MigratoryNon-migratory / Resident   
Distribution Additional Information

Substratum preferencesRockpools
Under boulders
Coarse clean sand
Biogenic reef
Crevices / fissures
Artificial (e.g. metal/wood/concrete)
Gravel / shingle
Large to very large boulders
Physiographic preferencesEstuary
Strait / sound
Enclosed coast / Embayment
Offshore seabed
Open coast
Biological zoneLower Infralittoral
Upper Infralittoral
Sublittoral Fringe
Lower Eulittoral
Lower Circalittoral
Upper Circalittoral
Wave exposureModerately Exposed
Tidal stream strength/Water flowInsufficient information
SalinityFull (30-40 psu)
Habitat Preferences Additional Information
Distribution References Picton, 1993, Mortensen, 1927, Hayward et al., 1996, Fish & Fish, 1996, Baus et al., 2005, Clark & Downey, 1992, JNCC, 1999, Picton & Costello, 1998, Southward & Campbell, 2006, Hayward & Ryland, 1995b, NBN, 2002,
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