Common sunstar

Common sunstar

Starfishes Crossaster papposus Unlike all other starfishes in Icelandic waters, the sunstars have more than five arms (see also the purple sunstar). In fact, the number of arms differ by individuals, in the common sunstar they are usually 10 to 12. The common sunstar...
Purple sun star

Purple sun star

Starfishes Solaster endeca The purple sunstar is also called the northern sunstar. Unlike most other starfishes in Iceland (except for the common sunstar), the purple sunstar has more than five arms. In fact, they differ by individual but are usually 8 to 10. It can...
Blood star

Blood star

Starfishes Henricia sanguinolenta The blood star is a small or medium sized starfish that can be beautifully red or purple in colour. It is slim and the skin relatively smooth compared to the common starfish. The blood star lives in the entire northern hemisphere,...
Common starfish

Common starfish

Starfishes Asterias rubens Starfishes do not seem particularly cruel at first sight. However, this is very misleading as most are actually vicious predators that live on other invertebrates, especially bivalves. They kill the bivalve by attaching suction feet, which...

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