|Rate of growth of the common Starfish, Asterias rubens|In: Nature: International Weekly Journal of Science. Nature Publishing Group: London. ISSN 0028-0836, more
Growth rate; Asterias rubens Linnaeus, 1758 [WoRMS]; ANE, British Isles, England, Mersey Estuary [Marine Regions]
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In the course of a study of the growths on the buoys and beacons in Liverpool Bay marking the entrance to the Mersey Estuary, young Asterias rubens have in nearly all cases been found clinging to the undersides of those structures. There is no doubt that these starfishes have settled as larvae in this position and have grown in situ by feeding on coexisting mussels (Mytilus edulis), which have always been found in abundance. As definite observations on the rate of growth of the common starfish are necessarily rare and difficult to obtain, the following are of interest.