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Henricia sanguinolenta - Carantec.jpg
Bloody Henry (Henricia sanguinolenta)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Echinodermata
Class: Asteroideaia
Order: Spinulosida
Suborder: Leptognathina
Family: Echinasteridae
Genus: Henricia
Gray, 1840[1]
Type species
Asterias oculata Pennant, 1777
  • Linckia Forbes, 1839 non Nardo, 1834
  • Cribella Forbes, 1841
  • Cribrella Lütken, 1857
  • Magdalenaster Koehler, 1907
  • Cyllaster A.H. Clark, 1916
  • Spinohenricia Heding, 1935

Henricia is a large genus of slender-armed sea stars belonging to the family Echinasteridae. It contains about fifty species.

The sea stars from this genus are ciliary suspension-feeders, filtering phytoplankton.


According to the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS), the following species belong to this genus [2]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Gray, J.E. (1840). A synopsis of the genera and species of the class Hypostoma (Asterias, Linnaeus). Annals and Magazine of Natural History 6: 184
  2. ^ WoRMS : Henricia
  • Catalogue of Life. (2008). Catalogue of Life. (2008). Retrieved May 8, 2010, from Species 2000: http://www.catalogueoflife.org/annual-checklist/2008/browse_taxa.php?selected_taxon=991569
  • Clark, A.M. & Downey, M.E. (1992) Starfishes of the Atlantic. Chapman & Hall Identification Guide 3, 794 pp.
  • Clark, A.M. (1996). An index of names of recent Asteroidea, part 3. Velatida and Spinulosida, in: Jangoux, M.; Lawrence, J.M. (Ed.) (1996). Echinoderm Studies, 5: pp. 183–250
  • Djakonov, A.M. (1961) Survey of the star fish species of the genus Henricia Gray from the north-western parts of the Pacific Ocean. Investigations of the Far Eastern Seas of the U.S.S.R. Academy of Sciences of U.S.S.R., Moscow-Leningrad, 1961, 7, 5–89
  • Kozloff, E.N. (1996) Marine Invertebrates of the Pacific Northwest, with Additions and Corrections. Univ. Washington Press, Seattle, Washington, 539 pp.
  • Hansson, H.G. (2001). Echinodermata, in: Costello, M.J. et al. (Ed.) (2001). European register of marine species: a check-list of the marine species in Europe and a bibliography of guides to their identification. Collection Patrimoines Naturels, 50: pp. 336–351
  • Rowe, F.W.E & Gates, J. (1995). Zoological Catalogue of Australia 33. Echinodermata. Melbourne: CSIRO Australia, 510 pp.