The radius of P. ochraceus is anywhere from about 10 to 18 inches (25 to 45 cm) in diameter. Yellow, orange, brown, reddish or even purple make up the ranging colors of this heavy starfish. Basically it has a good size middle disk with five stout arms sticking out. On its upper side it has short, white spines in the pentagonal pattern.
Other Physical Features: ectothermic ; heterothermic ; radial symmetry
- McFadden, M. 2002. "Pisaster ochraceus (Brandt, 1835)" (On-line). Accessed December 26, 2004 at http://homepages.wwc.edu/staff/cowlda/KeyToSpecies/Echinodermata/Class%20Asteroidea/Pisaster_ochraceus.html.