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Bloody Henry (Henricia oculata)

Bloody Henry (Henricia oculata)

The Bloody Henry is a stiff rigid starfish with a texture like sandpaper. It exists in quite a variety of colour forms, including red, brown and purple. Sometimes the disc and inner portions of the arms are much darker than the outer parts. Usually about 13 cm across.

This is a carnivore like all starfish. It lives in tidal streams and rapids where there is a constant supply of organic material for its prey to feed on; organisms like hydroids and sea squirts. In this type of environment they can grow to a very large size. It lives in the region of extreme lower shore amongst the kelp. This is a northern species, from the north of Spain to Scandinavia .

 


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