Cushion Starfish

Cushion StarfishCushion Starfish

Description: The cushion starfish species has a compressed ‘cushion-like’ shape and only grows up to 50 mm. It is greenish brown and mottled, with variable colours. This species has a 7 year lifespan and changes sex from a male to a female at around 4 years old. Eggs are laid under rocks, which hatch out as tiny juveniles.

Habitat: This species is found in the lower regions of intertidal rocky shorelines and subtidal environments, particularly under stones and crevices. The starfish feed primarily on dead plants and animals.

Status: Common in the Channel Islands and Europe.