Monday, May 13, 2013

Pycnopodia helianthoides (Brandt, 1835) aka Sunflower Star

Pycnopodia Stimpson, 1862
Pycnopodia helianthoides (Brandt, 1835)

Referred to as the Sunflower star, sunflower starfish and variants thereof.

Taxonomic info from the World Asteroidea Database for P. helianthoides.
Image by Marvin Sperlin, fr. Humboldt county, CA
21 arm Sunflower Sea Star.   ispid=2110194

Image by Daniel Johnson, Moss Beach, CA.
Sunflower Star (Pycnopodia helianthoides) and friends

Image by "rebafay" from Pillar Point, CA

Image by Allison Gong, Santa Cruz, CA

Image by George Grossman. From Point Reyes, CA
Sunflower Starfish

Washington. Image by Eric Cheng, Puget Sound, WA.

Image by alizaybek31. From Hope Island, WA.
Sunflower Starfish

Image by Roger Steeb. Both images from British Columbia.
Sunflower Star
Colorful Sunflower Star

Alaska. Image by Ken Bartline, Sitka, AK.
Sunflower Star

Not sure where..Image by Doug Mason
Pycnopodia helianthoides-orange morph (HMB)
long armed!
Pycnopodia helianthoides (Scott Creek)

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