Starfish


What are some starfish facts for kids September 3

What are some starfish facts for kids
The starfish has spiny skin covered in pincers and suckers that allow it to move. It has little spots on the tips of its arms that serve as eyes. These spots are sensitive to light and enabl ...

Do starfish have brains September 3

Starfish belong to the family of echinoderms. Other echinoderms are sea cucumbers, sand dollars and sea urchins. Using sensors in their many tube feet, starfish are able to find food by sensing chemical trails in the water. They live in seas around t

Does a starfish make a good pet July 29

Does a starfish make a good pet
Credit:Karl JohaentgesLOOKGetty ImagesOne key to keeping a starfish healthy is knowing the starfish's species. Not all species have the same diet. While some species of starfish thrive on no ...

What is the ambulacral groove on a starfish July 29

What is the ambulacral groove on a starfish
Credit:Kevin WalshCC-BY 2.0In the starfish, the ambulacral groove is located on the oral side, which is the underside of its body, and extends from the mouth to each ray of the arm. Most ech ...

What is the scientific classification of starfish July 28

What is the scientific classification of starfish
Credit:Arthur TilleyStockbyteGetty ImagesStarfish are not really fish at all, and scientists refer to them as sea stars. They are invertebrates with hundreds of tube feet that they use for h ...

How can you preserve starfish July 28

How can you preserve starfish
Credit:Nancy RossE+Getty ImagesSoak the starfishSoak the starfish in rubbing alcohol for 48 hours, or place the starfish in a solution made with 1 part bleach and 3 parts water for one minut ...

Can you eat starfish July 28

Can you eat starfish
Credit:Lisa WilliamsCC-BY-2.0A starfish is actually not a fish at all. They have no fins, gills or scales. They belong to the Phylum Echinodermata, and are more closely related to sea urchin ...

How do starfish breathe July 28

How do starfish breathe
Credit:Connie ColemanPhotographer's ChoiceGetty ImagesStarfish can smell food through chemicals released by their food being washed toward them in currents. The starfish have chemical recept ...

How do sea stars breathe July 28

How do sea stars breathe
Credit:Image Source/Stuart WestmorlandImage SourceGetty ImagesSea stars, like all echinoderms, are extremely slow moving. Their low energy requirements are a large part of what permit them t ...

How long do starfish live July 28

How long do starfish live
Credit:Kevin WalshCC-BY-2.0Besides their regenerative abilities and unique shape, starfish also have a distinctive way of consuming their prey. They are able to expel the stomach through the ...

Are starfish poisonous July 28

Are starfish poisonous
Credit:Borut FurlanWaterFrameGetty ImagesThe crown of thorns starfish is the most common poisonous starfish. It lives on and eats coral. It can grow up to 3 feet in diameter and have as many ...

How do starfish eat July 28

How do starfish eat
Credit:Marevisionage fotostockGetty ImagesThe majority of starfish are generalist predators, feeding mainly on bivalves such as clams and mussels. In addition to bivalves, some starfish also ...

How can you tell if a starfish is dead July 28

How can you tell if a starfish is dead
Credit:JGI/Jamie GrillBlend ImagesGetty ImagesBodily movements made by a living starfish may include the subtle pulsing of its body cavity or the moving of an arm. If such movements cannot b ...

What part of the ocean do starfish live in July 28

What part of the ocean do starfish live in
Credit:Lee Sie PhotographyMomentGetty ImagesStarfish range in size from around 1/2 inch to 3 feet in diameter and typically have five arms, although some species have up to 25. The echinoder ...

What size are starfish July 28

What size are starfish
Credit:Darrell GulinPhotographer's ChoiceGetty ImagesStarfish have a hard exterior that keeps them safe from predators. However, in the event that a starfish is harmed, it can grow back much ...

What are some unique characteristics of echinoderms July 28

What are some unique characteristics of echinoderms
Credit:Johanna Lee OsbornCC-BY 2.0The fact that echinoderms are pentaradial, which means that their bodies have five planes of symmetry, distinguishes them from similar organisms in the Cnid ...

What animals eat starfish July 28

What animals eat starfish
Credit:Yuri LevchenkoCC-BY 2.0Sharks eat starfish by crushing the hard outer skeleton with their teeth and eating the soft flesh inside. Sharks typically prefer eating prey such as squid bec ...

What is the lower surface of a starfish called July 28

What is the lower surface of a starfish called
Credit:Thomas BarwickTaxiGetty ImagesStarfish belong to the phylum Echinodermata, which means they are invertebrates. Their arms, which typically number between five and 40, have little tube ...

Where do starfish live July 28

Where do starfish live
Credit:Maria StrongCC-BY 2.0Starfish are extremely resilient and can survive in some extreme situations. If a starfish loses part of its body, it can regrow it in time. The damage to a starf ...
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