Higher Classification: > Kingdom Animalia > Phylum Echinodermata > Subphylum Asterozoa > Class Asteroidea > Superorder Valvatacea > Order Valvatida > Family Solasteridae > Genus Crossaster

Crossaster papposus (Linnaeus, 1767)

Rank: Species
Taxon Status: accepted

Relationships towards this taxon

Genus group names

CrossasterMüller & Troschel, 1840accepted genus name
Solaster(Polyaster) Gray, 1840 synonym

Species group names

Asterias affinis Brandt, 1835 synonym
Asterias helianthemoides Pennant, 1777 synonym
Asterias papposus Linnaeus, 1776 synonym
Solaster affinis Danielssen & Koren, 1877 synonym
Solaster papposus Müller & Troschel, 1842 synonym

Vernaculars (+) (-)

 Bokmål (Norwegian): piggsolstjerne sources: PESI (A Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure) focal points
 Dutch: zonnester sources: Hayward, P.; Nelson-Smith, A.; Shields, C. (1999). Gids van kust en strand: flora en fauna [Coast and beach guide: flora and fauna]. Tirion: Baarn, Netherlands. ISBN 90-5210-327-5. 352, ill. pp.
 English: common sun star sources: PESI (A Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure) focal points
 English-United States: Common Sun Star sources: Charles Hussey
 German: gewöhnlicher Sonnenstern sources: Unterwasser-Welt Ostsee
 Norwegian: piggsolstjerne sources: PESI (A Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure) focal points
 Norwegian Bokmål: piggsolstjerne sources: Systema Naturae ed. 12.
 Norwegian Nynorsk: piggsolstjerne sources: Systema Naturae ed. 12.
 Nynorsk (Norwegian): piggsolstjerne sources: PESI (A Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure) focal points
 Swedish: röd solsjöstjärna


original description

Linnaeus, C. (1767). Systema naturae sive regna tria naturae, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis. Laurentii Salvii, Holmiae. 12th ed. v. 1 (pt 2): 533-1327

basis of record

Hansson, H.G. (2001). Echinodermata, in: Costello, M.J. et al. (Ed.) (2001). European register of marine species: a check-list of the marine species in Europe and a bibliography of guides to their identification. Collection Patrimoines Naturels, 50: pp. 336-351

additional source

Brunel, P., Bosse, L. & Lamarche, G. (1998). Catalogue of the marine invertebrates of the estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence. Canadian Special Publication of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 126. 405 p.

additional source

Linkletter, L.E. 1977. A checklist of marine fauna and flora of the Bay of Fundy. Huntsman Marine Laboratory, St. Andrews, N.B. 68 p.

additional source

Trott, T.J. 2004. Cobscook Bay inventory: a historical checklist of marine invertebrates spanning 162 years. Northeastern Naturalist (Special Issue 2): 261 - 324.

additional source

Southward, E.C.; Campbell, A.C. (2006). [Echinoderms: keys and notes for the identification of British species]. Synopses of the British fauna (new series), 56. Field Studies Council: Shrewsbury, UK. ISBN 1-85153-269-2. 272 pp.

additional source

Clark, A.M. and M.E. Downey. (1992). Starfishes of the Atlantic. Chapman & Hall Identification Guides, 3. Chapman & Hall: London, UK. ISBN 0-412-43280-3. xxvi, 794 pp.

additional source

Imaoka T, Irimura S, Okutani T, Oguro C, Oji T, Shigei M, Horikawa H. (1990). Echinoderms from the Continental Shelf and Slope around Japan. Japan Fisheries Resource Conservation Association. vol. I.1-159.

additional source

Dyntaxa (2013) Swedish Taxonomic Database. Accessed at www.dyntaxa.se [15-01-2013].

additional source

North East Atlantic Taxa

additional source

ITIS database





External Links

Biodiversity Heritage Library (113 publications)
Barcode of Life (27 barcodes)
USNM Invertebrate Zoology Echinodermata Collection
Marine Life Information Network - UK
GenBank (31 nucleotides; 21 proteins)


Mah, C. (2014). Crossaster papposus (Linnaeus, 1767). In: Mah, C.L. (2014) World Asteroidea database. In: Costello, M.J.; Bouchet, P.; Boxshall, G.; Arvantidis, C.; Appeltans, W. (2014) European Register of Marine Species, accessed through PESI at http://www.eu-nomen.eu/portal/taxon.php?GUID=urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:124154




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marine, not brackish, not fresh, not terrestrial


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