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Ochre Sea star

Pisaster ochraceus


This sea star has five stout rays that range in length from 10 to 25 centimeters (4 to 10 in). While most individuals are purple, they can be orange, orange-ochre, yellow, reddish, or brown.


This sea star can be found in great numbers on mussel beds and on wave-washed rocky shores.Its depth range is from above the low-tide zone to 90 m in depth.


Ochre Sea star is very durable and can tolerate a loss of thirty-percent of its body weight in body fluids. The Ochre Sea star could live as long as twenty years.

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1 Comment

MickGrant 9 years ago

Thank you for this - where did you find it? Any other photos of your spotting?

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White Rock, British Columbia, Canada

Spotted on Oct 21, 2011
Submitted on Oct 21, 2011


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