Morning Sun Star
(Solaster dawsoni)

image of a Morning Sun Star

Image ID: 134-01

Other shots:  image of a Morning Sun Star
Comments : These are fairly common sea stars found in Puget Sound, but often overlooked as they and not as colorful or large as many of the other Puget Sound sea stars. Coloration varies from off-white (like this one) to a much darker brownish white. Morning Sun Stars are veracious predators and feed primarily on other sea stars, primarily Sun Stars. If you look carefully, you can actually see a couple of the orange arms of a Sun Star underneath this Morning Sun Star. If you find a Morning Sun Star and a Sunflower Star, you may want to try a little experiment. Place the Morning Sun Star on top of a Sunflower Star. Even though the Sunflower Star may be much bigger, it will panic within a few minutes and try to move away from the Morning Sun Star as fast as it can. Make certain to separate the two when you finished you observations, or the Morning Star will start to devour the Sunflower Star.
Common name : Morning Sun Star
Scientific Name : Solaster dawsoni
Location Found : Three Tree Point, Central Puget Sound
Actual Size : 15 inches
Camera Used : Sea & Sea MMII EX 35mm
Natural History :