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Sea Star, Seven Armed

Astrostole scabra

Patakaroa (Astrostole scabra)

Sea Star, 7 armed
Patakaroa (Astrostole scabra)

Invertebrate

Echinodermata

Asteroidea

Asteriidae

Rocky Reef Subtidal
Rocky Reef Subtidal
Rocky Shore Intertidal
Rocky Shore Intertidal

Feeding:
Predator
Predator
Distribution:
New Zealand
New Zealand
Edibility:
Inedible
Inedible
Size:
Shoulder width Sized
Shoulder width Sized



This large sea star is dull blue or brown in colour, with bright orange tube feet.


Found from low tide on exposed coastlines to 150 m deep.


Not a fussy eater! Has been known to prey on chitons, paua, crustaceans, sea tulips, and other stars. Large specimens can even catch fish!


A broadcast spawner.






Collins: Gunson