Ochre Star - Pisaster ochraceus | SocalFauna.net

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Ochre Star (Pisaster ochraceus)

Echinodermata > Asteroidea > Asteriidae

Once considered a staple of California intertidal habitats, Ochre Stars (as well as at least 20 related sea stars) have recently plummeted in number along the pacific coast due to widespread sea star wasting syndrome linked to a densovirus (Parvoviridae). The ecological impacts related to the disappearance of these species is an issue that is currently under investigation.

1. Hewson, Ian et al. Densovirus associated with sea-star wasting disease and mass mortality (2014)
2. Sea Star Wasting Syndrome - Pacific Rocky Intertidal Monitoring: Trends and Synthesis
3. Sea Star Wasting Syndrome Map - Pacific Rocky Intertidal Monitoring: Trends and Synthesis

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