Spiny Star fish
Inhabits rock and gravel, from low intertidal zones and down to 200 metres depth.
The spiny starfish is an omnivorous, voracious predator, feeding on most animals, dead or alive including molluscs, shellfish, fish and other echinoderms.
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.
Pollution and habitat destruction.
- Latin Name: Marthasterias glacialis
- Conservation Status: Data Deficient
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