Solaster stimpsoni (Striped sunstar)
2005 Mary Jo Adams
species is usually red or orange with a blue-gray spot in the middle
from which blue-gray stripes radiate down each tapering arm.
Occasionally it is seen with a darker bluish background and then
it is difficult to discern the spot or stripes. This sea
star normally has 10 rays but these can number from 9 to 12.
It is a large species and has been recorded up to 20 inches across.
Solaster stimpsoni preys on a variety of sea cucumber
species and occasionally supplements that diet with brachiopods,
ascidians, or sea pens. In turn, it is preyed on by the morning
sunstar ( Solaster dawsoni ). The striped sunstar is found
from the low intertidal to a depth of 600 feet. Another common
name for this species is Stimpson's sunstar.
This page was created by Mary Jo Adams on 12/7/05.