Common sun star
Crossaster papposus, sunstar .
Image width ca 35 cm.
Image: Sue Scott
|Found on sand, stones, mussel and oyster beds from the infralittoral fringe to 50 m.|
|A very distinctive sun star that grows up to 34 cm in diameter. The colour varies but is usually red, brown-red with white markings above, yellow-white below, often with beautiful patterns. It has 10-12 arms (rarely 8-16) and the whole surface of the animal is covered with small but distinct spines.|
|PMF archive information|
|Species name is listed in the PMF at the following locations:|
Eddystone (inner) Channel Grounds
Eddystone (outer) Channel Grounds
Mewstone Echinoderm or Corner Ground
Rame-Eddystone or Middle Grounds
Stoke Point Grounds