Starfish, the Asteroidea, are the symbol of marine life. Every seashore has them, they live attached to rocks, or they crawl on the sand. They live up in the intertidal zone or out in the depth of the ocean.
E-1660 ORANGE STARFISH, Echinaster spinulosus
A handsome reddish-orange starfish with white spots. Exhibits several color phases within the species. Unlike the Atlantic Asterias, Echinaster is a well behaved, compatible member of the aquarium. Extending its eyecatching, vivid orange tubed feet, it propells iself gracefullly over the bottom and ascends the aquarium walls. It never burrows into the sand, and outlasts all other starfish. One of our most popular specimens.
Large $20.00 ( 8-10cm)
E-1665 SPINY SAND STAR, Luidia alternata
The Spiny Sand Star’s body is covered in small spines. This species is predatory toward other species of sea stars. Excellent for studying predator prey relationships and the roles of chemical signals between predator and prey. Size: 10-14cm
E-1670 GRAY SAND STAR, Luidia clathrata
A large, flattened gray starfish that buries down into the sand. Using its highly modified, pointed tube feet, it glides over the bottom with great agility and relative speed, pouncing on sand dollars, brittlestars and small snails. Luidia is among the most primitive of all living starfish. Size: 10-14 cm.
E-1671 POINTED SAND STAR, Astropectin duplicatus
The Pointed Sand Star is a biological study of symmetry. It glides rapidly over the sand, raised up on its tubed feet feeding on minute gastropods. It hovers above a snail, drops its entire stomach out, engulfs it, and continues sliding along looking for more. With no anus, the mouth serves a dual purpose.
This species possesses beautiful coloration. Usually found farther off shore in deeper waters than the pointed sand star. This species is sporadically available. Please check for availability
E-1675 CHOCOLATE CHIP SEA STAR, Protoreastor nodosus
This species is usually very hardy. Its common name comes from its light brown color and black spikes on body.