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.
The colour of this seastar can vary but is usually brown or ochre with touches of pink or purple. It has tubercles or blunt spines forming a zig zag pattern down each arm. Sometimes confused with the introduced northern Pacific seastar but it is not as spiny and the tips of the round-ended arms do not point up.
Common on sheltered rocky reefs, around seagrass and in sand. Found in depths from 0-30 metres.
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