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Common Sun-star

Wildlife factA predator, often hunting other starfish.

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.

Distribution
Found all round our shores.

Credit
A recommended reference book for further information is the 'Great British Marine Animals' by Paul Naylor. (www.marinephoto.co.uk)

Photo Credit: © Copyright Paul Naylor

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South and West Wales Amphibian and Reptile Group

Affiliated with the Amphibian and Reptile groups of the UK they join together to do all they can to protect these beautiful creatures.

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