High-res Chocolate Chip Sea Star (Protoreaster nodosus)
Also known as the Horned Sea Star - P. nodosus is an opportunistic carnivore, predator to many sessile marine species.The black conical points are arranged radially on the dorsal side and may erode and become blunt.
They are widely collected in Asia and the Pacific for their ornate ‘skeletons’.

Chocolate Chip Sea Star (Protoreaster nodosus)

Also known as the Horned Sea Star - P. nodosus is an opportunistic carnivore, predator to many sessile marine species.The black conical points are arranged radially on the dorsal side and may erode and become blunt.

They are widely collected in Asia and the Pacific for their ornate ‘skeletons’.


An unusual plankton here, the starfish larva body is the transparent  part, while the orange is the juvenile starfish or Luidia sarsi. It  detaches from the body and sinks to the floor while the leftover body  keeps swimming with plankton until it dies.

 This is so weird, the leftover bit (a.k.a the larval bipinnaria stage) STAYS ALIVE! I had to look it up on Wikipedia and then read that three times before I believed it. Echinoderms…you so crazy!

An unusual plankton here, the starfish larva body is the transparent part, while the orange is the juvenile starfish or Luidia sarsi. It detaches from the body and sinks to the floor while the leftover body keeps swimming with plankton until it dies.

 This is so weird, the leftover bit (a.k.a the larval bipinnaria stage) STAYS ALIVE! I had to look it up on Wikipedia and then read that three times before I believed it. Echinoderms…you so crazy!

(via rabbitsandpenguins)