Crossaster papposus
Common sun star

Crossaster papposus
Crossaster papposus, sunstar .
Image width ca 35 cm.
Image: Sue Scott

Phylum Echinodermata
Class Asteroidea
Habitat Information
Found on sand, stones, mussel and oyster beds from the infralittoral fringe to 50 m.
Species description
A very distinctive sun star that grows up to 34 cm in diameter. The colour varies but is usually red, brown-red with white markings above, yellow-white below, often with beautiful patterns. It has 10-12 arms (rarely 8-16) and the whole surface of the animal is covered with small but distinct spines.
PMF archive information
Species name is listed in the PMF at the following locations:
Eddystone (inner) Channel Grounds
Eddystone (outer) Channel Grounds
Mewstone Echinoderm or Corner Ground
Rame-Eddystone or Middle Grounds
Stoke Point Grounds

View MarLIN Basic Information for this species.