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Cushion Sea Star

Oreaster reticulatus


Spotted in the Caribbean very close to shoreline, water depth was just a little over a meter. Large (up to 50 cm wide) and thick. Juveniles are green; adults are yellow, orange, and/or tan, with a network of contrasting tubercles


Found in calm, shallow, subtropical and tropical water. A majority of individuals tend to be found on coarse, calcereous sandy bottoms that are isolated or surrounded by seagrass. However, this seastar can also be located in soft sand and mud substrates that are associated with shallow reefs, mangroves, or lagoons.


In the winter, the red cushion star migrates to offshore locations with little water movement in order to avoid turbulence.

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Stann Creek, Belize

Spotted on May 17, 2013
Submitted on May 30, 2014

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