Common starfish

Asterias rubens

What do they look like?

Common starfish are usually orange in colour, with a covering of pale spines all over their body. They have 5 arms and can often found washed up on beaches around Scotland in great numbers after rough weather.

Where can I see them in Scotland?

Common starfish are frequently spotted in rockpools around the Scottish coast. They can also live out in open water up to 600 metres deep, feeding on shellfish like mussels and clams.

When rockpooling, please be careful to leave everything as you found it.
Discover more about how to rockpool responsibly by watching our Beginner's Guide.

Starfish on rock
© Charlotte Foster