Serpent Seastar

Serpent Seastar

Max Length:12″ (though some closely related sea star can reach 10′ in length)

Description: These sea stars usually have 5 legs and a large central disc; however some individuals are found with 6 or more legs. These animals are very sensitive to sharp changes in salinity or temperature. Too sharp of a change in water chemistry may send these animals into a defensive panic mode where they will attempt to run from the situation. They will often hide from the light during the day and venture out at night to scavenge for food. When food enters the water column they are among the first to know it, though they do not have eyes!

Feeding: Though it is either unknown or debated what many of these animals eat in the wild, in captivity they usually do really well on left over foods alone. If fed directly these animals probably prefer meaty foods to vegetable matter.

Special Notes: Though many people in the past called these animals star “fish” the scientific community is hoping people will begin to use the common name sea “star” when referring to these animals.

Shimek, Ronald; Marine Invertebrates

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