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Spiny Star fish


Spiny Star fish
Habitat

Inhabits rock and gravel, from low intertidal zones and down to 200 metres depth.

Wild Diet

The spiny starfish is an omnivorous, voracious predator, feeding on most animals, dead or alive including molluscs, shellfish, fish and other echinoderms.

Behaviour

Its 5 arms are covered by large, white spines. Each spine is surrounded by a white cushion. On the tip of each arm, around 8 purple spines produce a flower like formation. The colouration varies from pale brown, greyish green to yellow or orange.

Threats

Pollution and habitat destruction.

Conservation

Not evaluated

INFORMATION

  • Latin Name: Marthasterias glacialis
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