Echinaster sepositus is a starfish of up to 20 cm in diameter, but which can reach
sometimes up to 30 cm.
It has five long cylindrical tapering arms surrounding a small central disc. Its surface is covered by
numerous small craters and its colour is bright red-orange. It lives on rocky bottoms.
It is found from 1 m to 250 m deep. It is common in the Mediterranean Sea, on the French coasts of the English channel and on the African coasts down to the Equator. In other areas of the North-East Atlantic Ocean, it is rare or even absent.
(source : European Register of Marine Species)
Please contact us if the meaning of one of the words used in this page is not clear.
Top photograph :
© Wilfried Bay-Nouailhat. Published with author's kind permission :
Echinaster sepositus, Illes Medes, Costa Brava, East Spain. Depth 10 meters.
Bottom photograph : © Wilfried Bay-Nouailhat. Published with author's kind permission :
Echinaster sepositus, . Anse de Camaret, West-Brittany, West of France. Depth 13 meters.
Text : Anne Bay-Nouailhat © 2005-2017.
Translation : Anne Bay-Nouailhat © 2007-2017.