Sea Stars Of The Pacific North West

Class Asteroidea
Order Velatida
Family Solasteridae

STRIPED SUN STAR

Solaster stimpsoni

Identification:
10 long, tapering arms (occasionally 11). Orange, yellow or reddish aboral surface, contrasted by a distinct blue stripe down the length of each arm meeting on the oral disc. Blue pigmentation along each side of the tube-foot groove. To 58 cm (23 in) across* (a very large specimen from Howe Sound, BC).

Range:
Bering Sea to Oregon and Japan; intertidal to 201 m (659 ft)*.
Notes:
Eats primarily sea cucumbers, along with tunicates, lamp shells and sea pens. It is preyed upon by the MORNING SUN STAR.