Dull grey colour underwater, but oranges or reds are revealed when exposed to sunlight. It is the only seastar known to entwine in pairs or larger groups when spawning. It is a moderately common seastar found half-buried in sand off the southwestern Australian coast.
Max Size: 16 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 15.9-22.4°C
Habitat: Soft sediment
IUCN Threat Status: Not Evaluated
Occurrence: Widespread (100% of sites)
Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution.
It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed
Abundance: Solitary (1 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.
Edit by: GJ Edgar. 2008. Australian Marine Life. New Holland, Sydney