Common sunstar

Common sunstar

Distribution in scandinavian waters

Maximum length: 34 cm (diametre).
Appearance: The colour can vary, but the upper side is usually purple in the middle with paler, usually red banded arms. They have between 8-13 arms, but 10-12 arms are most common.
Depth: 10-50 m.
Environment: Found usually on hard bottoms and eat other starfish, shellfish, sea-cucumbers and anemones.
Misc: In Great Britian, dried and ground sunstars have been used as rat poison.
Classification: Sunstars are part of the starfish group under echinodermata (spiny-skinned).

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