Image Sue Scott - Crossaster papposus, sunstar . Image width ca 35 cm.
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Crossaster papposus is not listed under any importance categories.
|Phylum||Echinodermata||Starfish, brittlestars, sea urchins & sea cucumbers|
|Class||Stelleroidea||Starfish, sea stars, cushion stars and brittlestars|
|Recorded Distribution in Britain and Ireland||All British and Irish coasts.|
|Habitat information||Found on sand, stones, mussel and oyster beds from the infralittoral fringe to 50 m.|
|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.|
|Additional information||No text entered|
This review can be cited as follows:
Emily Wilson 2008. Crossaster papposus. Common sun star. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 19/06/2013]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/speciesinformation.php?speciesID=3093>