General Description

Arms 5, arms with rounded ends. Disc and arms typically yellow or orange or red, with close black speckling. Centre to arm tip up to 11 cm.


The scientific name of this species relates to the many black sacs (papulae) on the surface which give the sea star its speckled appearance. It occasionally moves into shallow waters.


Southern and eastern Australia.


Exposed reefs and sheltered shallow sub-tidal, to depth of 160 m.

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