Wild Shellfish Alert - Do not eat wild shellfish from areas in and around Spring Bay and the Mercury Passage in South East Tasmania.
Most scalefish are measured from the nose to the end of the tail. Get your scalefish measuring ruler or sticker at any Service Tasmania outlet.
Colour is usually a mottled blue and green or green and brown. It has rows of large spines surrounded by discs along its upper surface. They usually have eleven arms but may have only between seven to twelve arms. The arms which have rounded ends, can regenerate if severed as long as it retains part of the central disc. The largest seastar found in southern Australia.
Found on sheltered reefs, silt and sand from shallow waters to depths of up to 150 metres.
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