Size7 inches (18 cm)
DietSponges, brachiopods, worms, bryozoans, tunicates and sea pens
RangeEastern Pacific from Alaska to Baja California
HabitatLow-tide line and deeper, on rock-bottoms
- Coloration on top is red-orange, hence name – vermillion sea star.
- Symmetrical, flat disc shape with five arms (occasionally four or six, though rare). Top of body is covered with small spines.
- Reaches 7 inches (18 cm) across.
The vermillion sea star's coloration on top is red-orange, hence the name.
- Diet consists of sponges, brachiopods, worms, bryozoans, tunicates and sea pens.
- Scavenges dead animals and waste.
- Occurs in the Eastern Pacific from Alaska to Baja California.
- Found near low-tide line and deeper, on rock-bottoms.
- Spawning occurs from March to May.
- “Not Evaluated” on the IUCN Red List.
- Also called “equal sea star.”
- Thinner, plated arms distinguish this species from the bat star.
- National Audubon Society Field Guide to Seashore Creatures. Pg. 676.