APHOTOMARINE

An educational resource dedicated mainly to the photography
and diversity of marine life that can be found in coastal waters
and intertidal areas of Great Britain and Ireland by David Fenwick.

A-P-H-O-T-O Wildlife Stock Image Library
Asterina phylactica Emson & Crump, 1979 - Small cushion star or Green starlet
Small cushion star
or Green starlet
Asterina phylactica
- dorsal view on perspex 1

Small cushion star
or Green starlet
Asterina phylactica
- dorsal close-up 1

Small cushion star
or Green starlet
Asterina phylactica
- dorsal close-up 2

Small cushion star
or Green starlet
Asterina phylactica
- ventral view on perspex 1

Small cushion star
or Green starlet
Asterina phylactica
- ventral view close-up 1

Small cushion star
or Green starlet
Asterina phylactica
- ventral view arm 1

Specimen above found in a large middleshore pool at Battery Rocks, Penzance, Cornwall, 30.07.18.

Small cushion star
or Green starlet
Asterina phylactica
- dorsal view juvenile 1

Small cushion star
or Green starlet
Asterina phylactica
- red dorsal star 1

Small cushion star
or Green starlet
Asterina phylactica
- dorsal view on perspex 2

Small cushion star
or Green starlet
Asterina phylactica
- ventral view on perspex 2

Small cushion star
or Green starlet
Asterina phylactica
- dorsal view 1

Small cushion star
or Green starlet
Asterina phylactica
- dorsal view 2

Small cushion star
or Green starlet
Asterina phylactica
- dorsal view 3

Small cushion star
or Green starlet
Asterina phylactica
- dorsal view 4

Small cushion star
or Green starlet
Asterina phylactica
- dorsal view 5

Small cushion star
or Green starlet
Asterina phylactica
- dorsal view 6

Small cushion star
or Green starlet
Asterina phylactica
- dorsal view 7

Small cushion star
or Green starlet
Asterina phylactica
- dorsal view close-up 3

Small cushion star
or Green starlet
Asterina phylactica
- dorsal view with scale 1

Small cushion star
or Green starlet
Asterina phylactica
- underside 1

Small cushion star
or Green starlet
Asterina phylactica
- underside with scale 1

Small cushion star
or Green starlet
Asterina phylactica
- with Asterina gibbosa 1

Images of species taken from animals found under stones in middleshore pools at Spit Point, Par, near St. Austell, Cornwall, 16.04.09 and 17.01.10. SX07755248. At Little London Rocks, Marazion, near Penzance, Cornwall, 13.11.11. SW5260330325; and between Gyllyngvase and Swanpool, Falmouth, Cornwall. 06.12.14.

This species is by no means as common as the Cushion star (Asterina gibbosa), which it resembles. Please preserve the habitat of this species by making sure all stones are carefully returned to the same position and same way up as they were found.

APHOTOMARINE supports open source data recording and sharing for the benefit of wildlife, recorders, research, science and education. The project recommends the following websites and works with the following bodies and organisations.

Marine Biological Association MBA

The Marine Biological Association or MBA, based in Plymouth, is one of the world’s longest-running societies dedicated to promoting research into our oceans and the life they support. Since 1884 the MBA has been providing a unified, clear, independent voice on behalf of the marine biological community.It has a growing membership in over 40 countries.

NBN National Biodiversity Network

The National Biodiversity Network or NBN is a charity that supports open source data sharing and recording supporting conservation, science and education. "Why do recorders need open source?". Simply because it supports the core values of wildlife recording and the free use of records and data over a very wide network that includes partners like the Natural History Museum.

The taxonomy used here is based on that of the following database, which is also used by the MBA, NHM and the NBN.

World Register of Marine Species or WoRMS

The World Register of Marine Species or WoRMS.

Asterina phylactica Green Starlet or Small Cushion Star Starfish Sea Urchin and Sea Cucumber Echinoderm Images
The main objective of this website is in furthering environmental awareness and education through the medium of photography. To increase awareness and access to the wildlife of the region and help
people find and identify it. Sometimes the difference between species is obvious but many species can only be determined by observing microscopic characteristics that are specific to any one species.