Project Description

 Cushion Star

Scientific name: Asterina gibbosa
Size: Up to 5cm across
Colour: Various shades of grey or orange
Habitat: Rocky shores, in rock pools or under rocks

  • They use lots of tube feet underneath their legs to move around.
  • They eat minute creatures on the surface of the rock, by pushing their stomach out of their mouth and rubbing it on the surface of the rock.
  • Cushion stars start life as males and become females later on.
  • They have soft bodies, so be careful when handling them.

Photo credit: Paul Naylor