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Horned Sea Star

Protoreaster nodosus

Description:

A very frequent echinoderm all over the Philippines. Also called the "Chocolate Sea Star", they are harvested for ornamental purposes. So 'overharvesting' is an issue with these animals.

Habitat:

Found all over the seas of the Philippines, this one I found near the water's edge and some found in some sea-grass(?) during low tide in a tropical island (I was island hopping with my family in Britannia, Surigao del Sur).

Notes:

I think I can remember a schoolmate of mine (in a higher year) studying these sea stars about their reproductive behavior and population dynamics(?) in order to set standards for harvesting them since they take a long time to "grow" and some people are harvesting them at their 'juvenile stages'.

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Surigao Del Sur, Philippines

Spotted on Apr 22, 2012
Submitted on Apr 25, 2012

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