Solaster stimpsoni

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Stimpson's sun star: for more photos, see Sitka Nature Photo Gallery for Solaster stimpsoni
Stimpson's sun star (Solaster stimpsoni): This species feeds primarily on sea cucumbers. It usually has a dramatic black stripe running down the dorsal side of each arm, from the black central disk. It is a fairly common species in the lower intertidal areas, especially in mixed rock, sediment, and surfgrass areas. A predator of this species is Dawson's sun star (Solaster dawsoni). A mnemonic device for this genus is "stimpsoni is striped, dawsoni is dull."

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