Mosaic Seastar

Plectaster decanus (Müller & Troschel, 1843)

It is the only species in the genus Plectaster. This five-armed starfish is distinguished by its very bright colors. A group of raised yellow ridges covers its red upper surface and it is soft in texture.

Poisonous :Plectaster decanus is one of the few poisonous sea stars, and can cause numbness in humans if it is carried for any length of time

How to identify Plectaster decanus?

What habitats does Plectaster decanus live in?

Amongst rocks and algae in sub-tidal areas, to depth of 200 m

What is the distribution of Plectaster decanus?

Southern coast of Australia

How big does Plectaster decanus grow?

A maximum isze of 24cm

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