BIOTIC Species Information for Asterina phylactica
Researched byChris Chance & Dave Cocks
Refereed byThis information is not refereed
Scientific nameAsterina phylactica Common nameA cushion star
MCS CodeZB60 Recent Synonyms

PhylumEchinodermata SubphylumAsterozoa
Superclass ClassAsteroidea
Subclass OrderValvatida
Suborder FamilyAsterinidae
GenusAsterina Speciesphylactica

Additional Information
Taxonomy References
General Biology
Growth form Feeding methodPredator
Mobility/Movement Environmental position
Typical food typesNot researched Habit
Bioturbator Flexibility
Fragility SizeSmall(1-2cm)
Height Growth RateNot researched
Adult dispersal potential Dependency
General Biology Additional Information
Biology References
Distribution and Habitat
Distribution in Britain & IrelandCommon on south and west coasts of British Isles.
Global distributionUK, Brittany and Mediterranean.
Biogeographic range Depth rangeSublittoral to 18 m.
Distribution Additional Information

Substratum preferencesCoarse clean sand
Fine clean sand
Sandy mud
Muddy sand
Physiographic preferencesOpen coast
Biological zoneInsufficient information
Field unresearched
Upper Infralittoral
Lower Circalittoral
Sublittoral Fringe
Wave exposureSee additional information
Ultra Sheltered
Insufficient information
Extremely Sheltered
Tidal stream strength/Water flowInsufficient information
Field unresearched
SalinityNot relevant
Insufficient information
Habitat Preferences Additional Information
Distribution References
Reproduction/Life History
Reproductive typeGonochoristic
Developmental mechanism
Reproductive Season Reproductive Location
Reproductive frequency Regeneration potential No
Life span Age at reproductive maturity
Generation time Fecundity
Egg/propagule size Fertilization type
Larval/Juvenile dispersal potential Larval settlement period
Duration of larval stage   
Reproduction Preferences Additional Information
Reproduction References Llodra, 2002, Strathmann et al., 1984,
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