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Nine-armed Sea Star

Luidia senegalensis


calm lagoons with sand or mud substrates; in Florida, they are found in sandy or hard shell areas.


Rare to find one intact, they loose limbs when attacked or handled as a defense / diversion tactic (similar to a lizard loosing its tail). Like a lizard they are able to regrow the missing limbs (see the poor fellow found a little earlier in the last pic). In pic 2 you can see the tube feet along the bottom of each arm. The mouth is in the central cavity. NOTE: Both were found very near the surf line. I took the intact star out for a second for the pictures and returned it to the water without harm and all arms intact. The last one with the arms missing and beginning to regrow I photographed in the water without even touching it.

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outsidegirl0 9 years ago

very interesting

dotun55 11 years ago

This is just crazy!

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Florida, USA

Spotted on Mar 30, 2013
Submitted on Apr 1, 2013

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