Sea Stars Of The Pacific North West

Class Asteroidea
Order Spinulosida
Family Echinasteridae

FAT BLOOD STAR

Henricia sanguinolenta

Identification:
5 long arms that become fatter near the small central disc. Aboral surface coarse. White, range, red or lavender. To 26 cm (10.4 in).

Range:
Circumpolar. In the Pacific south to Washington State; 15 to 518 m (50 to 1,700 ft).
Notes:
Uncommon. In BC fjords, often found draped over large sponges. It is postulated that it may take advantage of the feeding currents of the sponges to feed on plankton or suspended organic particles.