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Phylum Echinodermata > Class Stelleroida > Subclass Asteroidea > Genera Astropecten
Painted sand star
Astropecten sp.
Family Astropectinidae
updated Oct 2016

Where seen? This large colourful fast moving sea star is sometimes encountered on our Northern shores. In sandy or silty shores, near seagrasses.

Diameter with arms 6-8cm. Body rather flat. Arms long, tapered to a sharp tip. Along the sides of the arms are large marginal plates and stout flat long spines. These spines resemble the teeth of a comb and members of this family are sometimes called Comb sea stars. The spines are white, usually tinged a pale orange at the base. The white tube feet are pointed. Colours a light blue background with orange or darker blue stripes shading to orange near the tips. The arm tips are black. Sometimes with darker blue bands near the arm tips. Underside white without markings.

Changi, Jun 05

Madreporite at bottom right.

Pointed tube feet.
Changi, Jun 06

Underside white without markings.
Changi, Jun 05

Stout flat spines on the sides.

Tiny painted star
Changi, Jul 08

With six arms.
Chek Jawa, Jun 03

Changi, Oct 10

*Species are difficult to positively identify without close examination.
On this website, they are grouped by external features for convenience of display.

Painted sand stars on Singapore shores

Photos of Painted sand stars for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map

East Coast, Dec 08
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.

Pulau Ubin OBS, Jan 16
Photo shared by Jonathan Tan on facebook.

Parasitic Ulimid snail.
East Coast Park, Feb 16
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.
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