The common sun-star (Crossaster papposus) is a distinctive sun-like starfish, with about 10 to 12 relatively short 'legs', up to 35 cm across. A beautiful starfish, usually orangey in colour with bands of paler yellow and richer red on the legs. Covered with small spines.
How to Identify
More sun-shaped, with more legs, than other star fish.
Found all round our shores.
A recommended reference book for further information is the 'Great British Marine Animals' by Paul Naylor. (www.marinephoto.co.uk)