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Asterias rubens (Starfish; étoile de mer commune; astérie boréale commune; étoile de mer; astérie; gemeiner Seestern; common starfish; gewone zeester; zeester)

Synonyms: Asteracanthion rubens; Asteracanthion violaceus; Asterias attenuata; Asterias clathrata; Asterias distichum; Asterias fabricii; Asterias holsatica; Asterias minuta; Asterias murrayi; Asterias rubens subsp. violacea; Asterias spinosa; Asterias stimpsoni; Asterias violacea; Asterias vulgaris; Stellonia rubens; Uraster rubens; Uraster violaceus

Wikipedia Abstract

The common starfish or common sea star (Asterias rubens) is the most common and familiar starfish in the north-east Atlantic. It has five arms and usually grows to between 10–30 cm across, although larger specimens (up to 52 cm across) are known. The common starfish is usually orange or brown, and sometimes violet; deep-water specimens are pale. The common starfish is to be found on rocky and gravelly substrates where it feeds on molluscs and other benthic invertebrates.
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Water Biome [1]  Benthic, Coastal

Prey / Diet

Asterias rubens (Starfish)[2]
Crossaster papposus (spiny sun star, common sun star)[2]
Ophiacantha bidentata[2]
Ophiopholis aculeata (daisy brittle star)[2]
Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis (Green sea urchin)[2]


Asterias rubens (Starfish)[2]
Crossaster papposus (spiny sun star, common sun star)[2]
Gadus morhua (rock cod)[2]
Galeorhinus galeus (Vitamin shark)[2]
Haliaeetus leucocephalus (Bald Eagle)[2]
Larus argentatus (Herring Gull)[2]
Larus marinus (Great Black-backed Gull)[2]
Limanda limanda (Sand dab)[2]
Melanogrammus aeglefinus (Smokie)[2]
Paralithodes camtschaticus (red king crab)[2]
Pleuronectes platessa (European plaice)[2]
Somateria mollissima (Common Eider)[2]


Mutual (symbiont) 
Gymnophalloides macomae[2]
Gymnophallus choledochus[2]
Gymnophallus somateriae[2]
Himasthla continua[2]
Himasthla elongata[2]
Levinseniella brachysoma[2]
Maritrema subdolum[2]
Monorchis parvus[2]
Mytilicola intestinalis[2]
Parvatrema minutum[2]
Psilostomum brevicolle[2]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
John G. Shedd Aquarium
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium


North West Atlantic; White Sea; North Sea; Belgian Exclusive Economic Zone; Belgian Exclusive Economic Zone; Belgian Exclusive Economic Zone; Belgian Exclusive Economic Zone; Belgian Exclusive Economic Zone; Oostende; Oostende; Westerschelde; Westerschelde; Africa; Birkenfels (shipwreck); British Isles; Calais; French Exclusive Economic Zone [Atlantic part]; Grevelingen; Icelandic Exclusive Economic Zone; Dutch Exclusive Economic Zone; Dutch Exclusive Economic Zone; West Coast of Norway ; Oostende; Oosterschelde; Oosterschelde; Voordelta; Voordelta; Trondheim; United States Exclusive Economic Zone [Atlantic part]; Sargasso Sea; Cape Hatteras; Florida; British Isles; Bay of Biscay; Moroccan Exclusive Economic Zone; North American Basin; West European Basin; Greenland; Arctic Ocean; Portugal; South Carolina; Cape Cod; Labrador Basin; British Isles; Arctic Ocean; North East Atlantic; West Africa; Wimereux; French Exclusive Economic Zone [Atlantic part]; Gulf of Mexico; Yucatan; Newfoundland Basin; Norway; Kattegat; Rockall Trough; Oostende; Oostduinkerke; De Haan; Belgian Exclusive Economic Zone;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
2Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
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