Solaster stimpsoni

Solaster stimpsoni (Verrill 1880)

Common Names

Striped Sun Star (English)

Languages: English

Description

Morphology

Colour is red-orange with a purpleish-grey stripe radiating from the disc along the arms.

Author(s): Nelson, Jocelyn
Rights holder(s): Nelson, Jocelyn

Diagnostic Description

Has eight or more long, slender rays, each with two rows of suckered tube feet. The contrasting stripe down the arm is distinctive.

Author(s): Nelson, Jocelyn
Rights holder(s): Nelson, Jocelyn

Size

Can get up to 500mm across.

Author(s): Nelson, Jocelyn
Rights holder(s): Nelson, Jocelyn

Ecology

Habitat

Lives in the subtidal, though on rare occasion is found in the low intertidal.

Author(s): Nelson, Jocelyn
Rights holder(s): Nelson, Jocelyn

Status

Status in BC

Native (Lamb & Hanby)

Author(s): Nelson, Jocelyn
Rights holder(s): Nelson, Jocelyn

Distribution

Native range

Japan, and northern Alaska to central California.

Author(s): Nelson, Jocelyn
Rights holder(s): Nelson, Jocelyn

Reference Collection

Sample Number

17

Author(s): Nelson, Jocelyn
Rights holder(s): Nelson, Jocelyn

References

Lamb, A., & Hanby BP. (2005).  Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest. 398.
Light, S. F., & Carlton J. T. (2007).  The Light and Smith manual: intertidal invertebrates from central California to Oregon. 1001.