Pharia pyramidata

Yellow spotted star | Pyramid Sea Star
Pharia pyramidata
Pharia pyramidata, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, Photo: Graham Edgar
Pharia pyramidata
Pharia pyramidata, Machalilla, Ecuador, Photo: Graham Edgar
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Pharia pyramidata
Pharia pyramidata

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Tropical Eastern Pacific


Large five-armed sea star, with long tubular arms, lavender/brown base colour covered in yellow-green spots which leave a clear line down the center of each arm.


Max Size: 30 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 15.8-30.1°C

Depth: 1-130m

Habitat Generalization Index: N/A

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Not Evaluated

Occurrence: Common (24.9% 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: Few (3 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: Joe Shields