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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.

Found all round our shores.

A recommended reference book for further information is the 'Great British Marine Animals' by Paul Naylor. (

Photo Credit: © Copyright Paul Naylor
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