Seanet Low Intertidal

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Henricia "leviuscula"  (Stimpson, 1857)
Phylum Echinodermata, Class Asteroidea, Order Spinulosida, Family Echinasteridae

Slender arms, radius 2-3 cm (larger subtidally); color varies from uniform red-orange to mottled orange, pink & red. 

Common but cryptic, in tidepools & under rocks; lower mid- to low intertidal zones and subtidal. Feeds on sessile invertebrates (bryozoans, tunicates, sponges), as well as bacterial films & fine particulate matter.

Geo Range: Aleutian Islands, Alaska to Baja
Synonyms:
Similar species: several subspecies or varieties are recognized; this is probably a complex of several species.

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