Sea Stars Of The Pacific North West

Class Asteroidea
Order Forcipulatida
Family Asteriidae

GIANT PINK STAR

Pisaster brevispinus

Identification:
5 thick, heavy-set arms and bulky disc. Aboral surface rough due to numerous short spines. Pink. To 99 cm (38 in)* across.

Range:
Sitka, Alaska to central California; intertidal to 182 m (600 ft)*.
Notes:
On soft substrates it digs deep pits and captures clams by greatly elongating the tube-feet near its mouth and grasping the bivalves. On rocky substrates it often eats giant barnacles. It is one of the world's largest and heaviest sea stars: big ones can weigh more than 4.5 kg (10 lb).