sand star Astropecten sp.
Family Astropectinidae updated Mar 2020Where
large sea star with a startling orange underside is sometimes seen
on sandy shores.
Features: Diameter with arms 10-15cm. Body rather flat. Arms
long, tapered to a sharp tip. Along the sides of the arms are large
marginal plates and stout long sharp spines. These spines resemble
the teeth of a comb and members of this family are sometimes called
Comb sea stars. The upperside generally beige with blue
underside of the body is bright orange. Tube feet also bright orange,
large with white pointed tips.
Tiny orange star?
Changi, Jul 08
*Species are difficult
to positively identify without close examination.
On this website, they are grouped by external features for convenience of