Mediaster aequalis

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Vermilion Sea Star
Mediaster aequalis 25March2010 14.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Echinodermata
Class: Asteroidea
Order: Valvatida
Family: Goniasteridae
Genus: Mediaster
Species: M. aequalis
Binomial name
Mediaster aequalis

Mediaster aequalis is one of the smaller sea stars, ranging in size from 76 to 127 mm (3 to 5 in). It is found on many types of beaches at very low tides, usually negative tides.[1] Also known as the vermillion sea star it is omnivorous.[2] Found along the west coast of North America, ranging from Alaska to California.[1]


  1. ^ a b Lambert, Philip (2000). Sea Stars of British Columbia, Southeast Alaska and Puget Sound. Royal BC Museum
  2. ^ Kozloff, Eugene (1993). Seashore Life of the Northern Pacific Coast. University of Washington Press, Seattle, WA.