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Crown of Thorns Starfish

Acanthaster planci


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


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


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

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

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