Leather Star

Leather Star

Dermasterias imbricata

Physical Description

The Leather Star exhibits arms with a radius extending up to 12 cm. Its aboral surface is smooth and slick, devoid of spines or pedicellaria. Typically gray-green, bluish, or tan, it may feature patches of red or orange. Notably, it emits a strong, distinctive garlic or sulfurous odor.


This species is commonly found on rocky substrates along the eastern Pacific coast.

Geographical Range

From Alaska to Baja California, the Leather Star inhabits a broad range along the western coast of North America.


Feeding primarily on cnidarians such as Epiactis prolifera and Corynactis, the Leather Star also consumes a variety of motile invertebrates, including sea cucumbers and sea urchins.