Hawai'i Coral Reef Network

Invertebrates of Hawai'i

Class Asteroidea -- Seastars

Acanthaster planci - crown-of-thorns seastar crown-of-thorns
Description: 10-16 arm star covered with long, sharp spines
Size: up to 35 cm diameter
Habitat: on coral reefs.

Culcita novaeguineae - cushion seastar . cushion star
Description: large, plump cushion-like star; often bright red or mottled reddish-brown.
Size: up to 25 cm diameter
Habitat: on coral in shallow areas

Linckia multifora - pink seastar pink star
Description: 3-5 long, slender armed, mottled star; often yellowish to reddish-brown; arms often of irregular length
Size: up to 15 cm diameter
Habitat: shallow areas


Last update: 1/25/2005