Asterias rubens   Linnaeus, 1758

common starfish

Native range
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS

Asteroidea | Forcipulatida | Asteriidae

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Benthic; brackish; depth range 0 - 650 m (Ref. 114164), usually 0 - 400 m (Ref. 114164).  Temperate; 72°N - 28°N, 81°W - 42°E

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

North Atlantic Ocean.

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm Max length : 52.0 cm WD male/unsexed; (Ref. 101440)

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

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).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

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.

Main reference References | Coordinator | Collaborators

Harms, J. 1993. (Ref. 2711)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)


CITES status (Ref. 108899)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

Human uses

Fisheries: commercial
FAO(fisheries: production) | FishSource | Sea Around Us

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Internet sources

BHL | BOLD Systems | CISTI | DiscoverLife | FAO(fisheries: ; publication : search) | GenBank (genome, nucleotide) | GloBI | | Google Books | Google Scholar | Google | ispecies | PubMed | Tree of Life | Wikipedia (Go, Search) | Zoological Record

Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 6.3 - 10.2, mean 9.7 (based on 19 cells).
Price category (Ref. 80766)
Unknown