Dermasterias imbricata (Grube 1857)
Leather Star (English), Garlic Star
Feeds on sponges, hydroids, bryozoans, colonial tunicates, algae, pennatulids, holothurians, echinoids and other asteroids, with diet varying with the region.
The polynoid worm Arctonoe vittata is a potentially mutualistic symbiont.
Has five triangular rays, and a body with a large, broad disc. Each ray has two rows of suckered tube feet (photo).
The surface is almost completely smooth to the touch, and covered with a velvety skin, and lacks pedicellariae. Emits a pungent garlic-sulphurous odor. The colour in life ranges from red to orange with grey-red imbrications. Papulae are present in widespread patches over the surface (photo).
Diameter can reach up to 25cm.
Lives intertidally to 91m depth.
Status in BC
Native (Lamb & Hanby)
Central Alaska to northern Mexico.