Starfishes

Below are examples of starfishes I’ve run across on Pacific Northwest shores. It’s a scant list. My organization follows Lamb and Hanby (2005). Common names are my choice. I refer toWoRMS for scientific names, and I learn a ton by browsing the natural history riches in Kozloff (1993). Biodiversity of the Central Coast’s Echinoderms page is full of great information on starfishes. The sea stars you’ll see below are also covered in the books, field guides, and other resources listed at the bottom of the page.

Pisaster ochraceus

No tidepool invertebrate on northeastern Pacific shores evokes more human fascination and connection. When Pisaster’s doing well, all seems right with the world.

References

Gotshall, D. W. 2005. Guide to Marine Invertebrates, Alaska to Baja California 2nd Edition (Revised). Shoreline Press.

Harbo, R. M. 2011. Whelks to Whales: Coastal Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest. 2nd ed. Harbour Publishing Co.

Kozloff, E. N. 1993. Seashore Life of the Northern Pacific Coast. 3rd ed. University of Washington Press.

Lamb, A. and B. P. Hanby. 2005. Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest. Harbour Publishing.

Sept. J. D. 2009. The Beachcomber’s Guide to Seashore Life in the Pacific Northwest. Revised ed. Harbour Publishing.


Online Resources

Biodiversity of the Central Coast’s Echinoderms page is full of great information on Pacific Northwest cucumbers.


This page was updated September 7, 2020