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Crown of Thorns Starfish

Acanthaster planci

Description:

The crown-of-thorns starfish is a large nocturnal sea star, The crown-of-thorns receives its name from venomous thorn-like spines that cover its body. The crown-of-thorns produces a neurotoxin which can be released through its spines. Not only are the wounds themselves serious, but the neurotoxin can cause a sharp stinging pain that can last for hours, as well as nausea and vomiting

Habitat:

It is endemic to tropical coral reefs in the Red Sea, the Indian Ocean, and the Pacific Ocean

Notes:

Spotted this Crown of thorns during a dive trip in Malaysia, depth around 15 Metres

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SeanWeekly
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SeanWeekly

Malaysia

Spotted on Oct 25, 2011
Submitted on Oct 25, 2011

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