General Description

Body smooth with a velvet-like surface. Disc and arms deep red or mottled red and orange. Transparent sacs (papulae) usually visible across the surface. Five arms. Centre to arm tip up to 8 cm.


Velvet Seastars feed on sponges, ascidians and lace corals. The sacs on the surface of their body are used to exchange gases into and out of the water.


Pacific Islands. Southern Australian coasts.


Subtidal rocky reefs among rocks and algae, to a depth of 60 m.

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