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(Pennant, 1777)

Goose Foot Starfish

Body sub-pentagonal, very thin and flat, up to 200 mm in diameter, arms short, R/r: 1,5. Coloured red on the dorsal side and yellow on the ventral side, generally with a conspicuous band of red along the margin.

No pedicellariae, but covered on upper and lower surfaces by fine radiating rows of spine groups.

Adambulacral plates
The adambulacral plates carry 5-6 slender spines united by a basal web; on the outer surface there is a series of 4 small spines, also united at the base by a membrane.

This species prefers sandy bottoms, and appears to lie more or less buried in the sand. It is found from about 10-200 m, exceptionally down to 600 m.

In the North Sea this species is distributed from the Shetland Islands down to Hartlepool on the British east coast.

Goose Foot Starfish (Anseropoda placenta)