Hippasteria phrygiana

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Hippasteria phrygiana
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Echinodermata
Class: Asteroidea
Order: Valvatida
Family: Goniasteridae
Genus: Hippasteria
Species: H. phrygiana
Binomial name
Hippasteria phrygiana

Hippasteria phrygiana is a sea star species, member of the Goniasteridae family.

Description and characteristics[edit]

This species grows up to 20cm in diameter, with short arms and a large body. The upper surface is red and covered with rounded knob-like spines; the lower surface contains many macroscopic bivalved pedicellariae.


Hippasteria phrygiana attacked by Solaster dawsoni


Habitat and geographic range[edit]

This species is incredibly widely distributed: it is present in the 3 main oceanic basins.[1]

It lives mostly in cold and deep waters.[1]

Biology[edit]

This species feeds mostly on cnidarians, especially deep-sea corals.[2]


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mah, Christopher L. (2013-02-12). "Starfish Mystery! 3 Oceans,2 Hemispheres,but ONE species?!". The Echinoblog. 
  2. ^ Mah, Christopher L. (2013-09-16). "Goniasterid Starfish LOVE to eat Octocorals!". The Echinoblog. 

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