Patiria pectinifera is native to the Sea of Japan, East China Sea and the Yellow Sea. It is also found along the coast of the Russian Federation from Posyet Bay as far as the Strait of Tartary and the southern part of Sakhalin. It is found in the shallow subtidal zone on stony seabeds and other substrates down to depths of 300 m.
Patiria pectinifera feeds on algae and sea grasses, detritus and small invertebrates. It prefers living on coarse sediment to fine sediment and everts its stomachs over a food item to digest it in situ.
Tide flats, Sediment subtidal, Rocky subtidal, Mussel reef, Coralline algae, Kelp forest, Fouling
Mud, Sand, Mixed sediments, Gravel, Rock, Biogenic, Artificial substrate
Patiria pectinifera, a common littoral starfish in Japan, is a 5-rayed species, including the individuals with 4 or 6 to 9 rays.
Patiria pectinifera may be preyed on by the carnivorous starfish Luidia quinaria.
Asterina pectinifera (Muller & Troschel, 1842)
Asteriscus pectinifera Müller & Troschel, 1842