RIDGED BLOOD STAR
Henricia aspera aspera Fisher, 1906
5 slender arms, small central disc. Aboral surface coarse with distinct ridges in a mesh-like pattern. Yellow to brick red or purple. To 38 cm (15 in) across.
Bering Sea to southern California and to the Sea of Japan; 6 to 904 m (20 to 3,000 ft).
A typical RIDGED BLOOD STAR. Note the conspicuous mesh-work of ridges with clusters of gills in the depressions between the ridges.
A pale specimen from Sechelt Inlet, BC.
Close-up view showing the mesh-like ridges bearing clusters of tiny spinelets.
A colourful specimen from Skookumchuck Rapids, BC.
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Uncommon, but occasionally found in BC fjords. Likely eats sponges. The genus Henricia has proven to be particularly troublesome for taxonomists. Several new species await description.