Project Description

During a dive at the Ogden Point Breakwater in Victoria, this striped sun star (Solaster stimpsoni) was noticed resting on the rocky reef.  A dark coloured stripe extends outward from the compact central disc along the top of each arm (or ray).  The striped sun star can have 9 to 11 rays.  In this photo two of the rays are hidden, but the dark stripes radiating from the disc show there are ten arms on this animal.  This sea star can grow to about 22.8 inches (58 cm) in diameter, and has a diet that consists mostly of sea cucumbers.  The striped sun star has a range that includes Japan, as well as northern Alaska to central California.