Crossaster papposus


A distinctive sun-like starfish, the Common Sun-star has about 10 to 12 relatively short 'arms'. A beautiful starfish, covered with small spines.

How to identify

The Common Sun-star is usually orangey in colour with bands of paler yellow and richer red on the arms. More sun-shaped, with more arms than other starfish.

Where to find it

Found all around our coasts.


When to find it

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

How can people help

Our seas and coastline are in need of protection if we are to keep our marine wildlife healthy. The Wildlife Trusts are working with fishermen, researchers, politicians and local people towards a vision of 'Living Seas', where marine wildlife thrives. This work has recently had a massive boost with the passing of the Marine Bill, promising sustainable development of the UK's marine environment. Do your bit for our Living Seas by supporting your local Wildlife Trust.

Species information

Common name
Latin name
Crossaster papposus
Urchins and starfish
Diameter: 35cm
Conservation status