• Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Echinodermata
  • Subphylum: Asterozoa
  • Class: Asteroidea
  • Order: Forcipulatida
  • Family: Stichasteridae
  • Scientific name: Stichastrella rosea
  • Norwegian: finpigget sjøstjerne


This is a five-armed starfish with a small central disk. The arms are long and cylindrical. The coloration is usually orange, but yellow or almost red individuals exist. It can grow to a diameter of 15 cm. There are longitudinal, although not very distinct, rows of papulae (gill-like respiratory organs) along the arms.


It can be found both on hard and sandy substrate, from the subtidal zone to 400 meters.


This starfish is recorded from both the northern Pacific and Atlantic Ocean.