A sunflower starfish

Sunflower star

Sunflower stars have more arms than other starfish, sometimes having as many as twenty four! They can grow very large, becoming as much as 80cm (31in) across.

Scientific name: Pycnopodia helianthoides

Rank: Species

Common names:

  • Sunflower sea star,
  • Sunflower starfish

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The following habitats are found across the Sunflower star distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web


  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Echinoderms
  4. Starfish
  5. Forcipulatida
  6. Asteriidae
  7. Pycnopodia
  8. Sunflower star

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