Ecology of Asterias rubens
 
Main Ref. Jennings, S., J. Lancaster, A. Woolmer and J. Cotter, 1999
Remarks 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).

Aquatic zones / Water bodies

Marine - Neritic Marine - Oceanic Brackishwater Freshwater
Marine zones / Brackish and freshwater bodies
  • supra-littoral zone
  • littoral zone
  • sublittoral zone
  • epipelagic
  • mesopelagic
  • epipelagic
  • abyssopelagic
  • hadopelagic
  • estuaries/lagoons/brackish seas
  • mangroves
  • marshes/swamps
  • rivers/streams
  • lakes/ponds
  • caves
  • exclusively in caves
Highighted items on the list are where Asterias rubens may be found.

Habitat

Substrate Benthic: mobile; macrobenthos; Soft Bottom: sand ( fine, );
Substrate Ref. Ellis, J.R., G. Burt and S.I. Rogers, 2007
Special habitats Beds: bivalve; Other habitats: pilings;
Special habitats Ref. Schröder, A., C. Orejas and T. Joschko, 2006

Associations

Ref. Jennings, S., J. Lancaster, A. Woolmer and J. Cotter, 1999
Associations
Associated with
Association remarks
Parasitism

feeding

Feeding type mainly animals (troph. 2.8 and up)
Feeding type Ref. Schröder, A., C. Orejas and T. Joschko, 2006
Feeding habit hunting macrofauna (predator)
Feeding habit Ref. Schröder, A., C. Orejas and T. Joschko, 2006

Trophic Level(s)

Estimation method original sample unfished population Remark
Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition
From individual food items 3.28 0.17 Trophic level estimated from a number of food items using a randomized resampling routine.
Ref.
(e.g. 9948)
(e.g. cnidaria)
Entered by Sorongon-Yap, Patricia on 03.08.07
Modified by Polido, Rubyann Robelle on 04.29.15
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