Echinaster (Echinaster) sepositus (Retzius, 1783)

Red starfish

Echinaster (Echinaster) sepositus

Illes Medes, Spain, 18 meters, 2018, WBN

Echinaster (Echinaster) sepositus

Camaret, France, 13 meters, 2009, WBN


Echinaster (Echinaster) sepositus is a starfish of up to 20 cm in diameter, but which can reach sometimes up to 30 cm. It has five long cylindrical tapering arms surrounding a small central disc. Its surface is covered by numerous small craters and its colour is bright red-orange. It lives on rocky bottoms.


Echinaster (Echinaster) sepositus is found from 1 m to 250 m deep. It is common in the Mediterranean Sea, on the French coasts of the English channel and on the African coasts down to the Equator. In other areas of the North-East Atlantic Ocean, it is rare or even absent.

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Données de distribution : Echinaster (Echinaster) sepositus (Retzius, 1783) in GBIF Secretariat (2019). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset accessed via on 2022-01-24.


Source : World Register of Marine Species

Biota (Superdomain)
Animalia (Kingdom)
Echinodermata (Phylum)
Asterozoa (Subphylum)
Asteroidea (Class)
Spinulosacea (Superorder)
Spinulosida (Order)
Echinasteridae (Family)
Echinaster (Genus)
Echinaster (Echinaster) (Subgenus)
Echinaster (Echinaster) sepositus (Species)


Text : Anne Bay-Nouailhat © 2005 - 2022.

Photos : © Wilfried Bay-Nouailhat. Published with his kind permission.
Websites and reference works : Consult bibliography

How to cite this page

Bay-Nouailhat A., February 2005, Description of Echinaster (Echinaster) sepositus, [On line], consulted on 2022 January 24.


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Anne Bay-Nouailhat

Project manager in marine environment
Professional diver - Naturalist

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