Size7 inches (17.8 cm)
RangeWestern Atlantic from North Carolina through the Gulf of Mexico and the Bahamas to the West Indies
HabitatIntertidal zones in seagrass meadows, rocky coastlines, sand and shell hash
- Five arms approximately twice the length of the central disk’s diameter.
- Thick opaque skin covers dorsal and ventral areas.
- May be covered in scattered spines.
- Coloration varies from red-brown to purple, red and yellow-brown. Tube feet are orange.
- Maximum length of 7 inches (17.8 cm).
It is likely that Caribbean spiny sea stars are attracted to light; they can be seen out in the open on sunny days.
- Occurs in the Western Atlantic from North Carolina through the Gulf of Mexico and the Bahamas to the West Indies. Does appear in the Indian River Lagoon.
- Found around intertidal zones in seagrass meadows, rocky coastlines, sand and shell hash. Depth ranges to 50 feet (15 m).
- One of the most common sea star species in Florida.
- Very similar to species E. echinophorus, which does not occur in the Indian River Lagoon.
- Likely attracted to light; seen in the open on sunny days.
- Field Guide to Seashore Creatures: National Audubon Society. Pg. 676