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lexID: 11072 Scientific: Astropecten polyacanthus German: Kammseestern English: Sand sifting Starfish Category: Star Fishes Family tree: Animalia (Kingdom) > Echinodermata (Phylum) > Asteroidea (Class) > Paxillosida (Order) > Astropectinidae (Family) > Astropecten (Genus) > polyacanthus (Species) Initial determination: Müller & Troschel, 1842 Occurrence: the Persian Gulf , Coral sea, East Africa, Egypt, Great Barrier Reef, Hawaii, Indian Ocean, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, New Zealand, North Pacific (Ocean), Pacific Ocean, Philippines, Red Sea, Tansania, the Seychelles, Western Indian Ocean Sea depth: 1 - 60 Meter Size: 5.91" - 7.87" (15cm - 20cm) Temperature: 73.4 °F - 80.6 °F (23°C - 27°C) Food: Carrion, Clams, Detritus, Food specialist, Snails, Worms Tank: 175.98 gal (~ 800L) Difficulty: not for beginners Offspring: None Toxicity: Toxic hazard unknown Related species at Catalog of Life: More related species in this lexicon:
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Created: 2017-09-24 09:23:49
Last edit: 2017-09-24 09:23:49
Müller & Troschel, 1842
, the sand sifting starfish or comb star, is a sea star of the family Astropectinidae. It is the most widespread species in the Astropecten genus, found throughout the Indo-Pacific region. The armspread is up to 20 cm (8 in)
It feeds on detritus and bivalve and gastropod molluscs which it swallows whole.
It is found at depths down to about 185 mt.
Members of the class Asteroidea exhibit both asexual (regeneration and clonal) and sexual (gonochoric) means of reproduction.
Systematik: Biota > Animalia (Kingdom) > Echinodermata (Phylum) > Asterozoa (Subphylum) > Asteroidea (Class) > Valvatacea (Superorder) > Paxillosida (Order) > Astropectinidae (Family) > Astropecten (Genus)
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