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FEATURED CRITTER: Starfish   Other Critters

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Jan-22

FEATURED CRITTER:  Starfish or Sea Star

22 Jan 2018

The word starfish refers to about 1,800 species of marine animals that are star-shaped. The common term starfish is confusing, though. Starfish aren't fish - finned, tailed animals with backbones - they are echinoderms, which are marine invertebrates. So scientists prefer to call these animals sea stars.

Sea stars come in all sizes, shapes and colors. Their most noticeable characteristic is their arms, which form their distinctive star shape. [ThoughCo]

Starfish facts: 11 facts about Sea Stars

Here are 11 facts about starfish or sea stars as they are now called to help gain a better understanding about them. All images used courtesy of wikipedia Al...

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ALL HAIL THE ROYAL STARFISH, DECADENTLY DRESSED IN PURPLE AND GOLD

The Royal Starfish (Astropecten articulatus) is unbelievably epic; draped in decadent purple and gold hues just laying in the sand for the world to admire. Each of its arms is about 2–9 centimetres (0.8–4 in) in length and its mouth  has a set of five jaws covered with spines. That’s right, this thing has five jaws! All the better to munch you with – or, in this case, swallow you WHOLE!

Unlike other starfish, the tube feet of the Royal Starfish lack suckers and have rounded or pointed tips. They use the tips of their arms to dig around in the sand in search of prey. Small clams are a favorite dish for the Royal Star and the starfish wastes no time in eating its meal. It will eat the entire thing whole (unlike other starfish) and then regurgitate the indigestable shells through its mouth because it happens to lack an anus. So yeah, it eats and poops out of the same opening. Doesn’t that sound appetizing?

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