Asterias rubens Linnaeus, 1758
common starfish
photo by Scott, Sue

Family:  Asteriidae ()
Max. size:  52 cm WD (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthic; brackish; marine; depth range 0 - 650 m
Distribution:  Arctic and Atlantic Ocean.
Biology:  Epibenthic (Refs. 87524, 95730). Intertidal to subtidal (Ref. 80965). Found in exposed areas with sandy substrate. Predatory; feeds on the blue mussel, Mytilus edulis (Ref. 96377). A ubiquitous, free-living species (Ref. 96391). Members of the class Asteroidea exhibit both asexual (regeneration and clonal) and sexual (gonochoric) means of reproduction. Life cycle: Embryos hatch into planktonic larvae and later metamorphose into pentamorous juveniles which develop into young sea stars with stubby arms (Ref. 833).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. 123251)
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Entered by: Guerzon, Lorielle Ivy - 11.12.05
Modified by: Parducho, Vina Angelica - 01.02.17

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