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Rainbow Star

Orthasterias koehleri


Five long tapering arms that are cream and red banded. This one was about 12 in. (30.48 cm). The surface is covered with sharp white or mauve spines, each surrounded by a ring of pedicellariae, tiny pincer-like organs.


Spotted in a tide pool along the Strait Of Juan De Fuca, Olympic Peninsula.


Found in northern parts of the Pacific Ocean with its range extending from California to Alaska.

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1 Comment

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 2 months ago

OMG Starfish heaven. That's a beauty. I don't recall seeing startfish like these on Australia's east coast, although the warm current most likely has something to do with that. They might be here, but I haven't seen them. I wonder if Mark and Leuba have down Melbourne-way. Bass Straight is much colder, and probably more like Pacific northwest waters.

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Washington, USA

Lat: 48.33, Long: -124.49

Spotted on May 20, 2019
Submitted on May 20, 2019

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