Gray sea star

Luidia clathrata

Family Luidiidae - starfishes

Body star-shaped with 5 arms; color gray to light brown, dark gray or black stripe on the dorsal midline of each arm; upper surface of body covered with small plates, lower surface of arms contain tube feet used for locomotion; lower surface of disk (center part) contains the oral cavity (mouth).
Similar Species
Similar to the banded sea star, Luidia alternata, which has brown banding across arm on a lighter background. The gray sea star has no banding.
Gulf, usually shallow water, sandy or muddy bottoms
Maximum Size
30 cm (12 in) arm span
Other Common Names
gray sea star, striped sea star
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