Scientific Name Patiria miniata
Native To Pacific Coast, from Alaska to Baja Mexico
Habitat Intertidal zone on the coast
Diet Omnivorous: eating both live and dead prey.
Size and Age Can grow to be 20 cm in diameter
Bat stars are a pacific invertebrate dwelling in waters that are typically cold. They are so named for the bat-like webbing that exists between their five to nine arms. These animals come in a wide array of colors from red to green and can be solid colored or mottled in appearance. When bat stars reproduce, males and females release their gametes into the water, which are then carried out to sea where they unite. Bat stars are important to ocean ecosystems as they acts as detritivores and scavengers, cleaning the bottom of algae and dead animals.