Marine life identification guide > Starfish > Caribbean cushion sea star

Oreaster reticulatus

Caribbean cushion sea star

Distribution: Western Atlantic Ocean, from the Gulf of Mexico and Florida to Venezuela. Easy to spot while snorkeling the Caribbean’s shallow seagrass beds, particularly in Aruba, the Grenadines, the Bahamas and the eastern coast of Panama.

Its coloration is variable, from light pink and brown to bright red, sometimes greenish.

Spots where Oreaster reticulatus has been spotted by snorkelers

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