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Crown of Thorns Starfish

Acanthaster planci


Many-armed starfish ~ 12 inches across with venomous spines.


Near shore tropical waters; coral reef ecosystem.


Spotted offshore of the south coast of Oahu. The date is notional. It was either late December 1980 or early January 1981. This species is invasive and as it eats coral, destructive of the reef. Original media photoprint taken with Nikonos using flash; print later scanned and image saved as digital file.

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1 Comment

alicelongmartin 8 years ago


Allen Hoof
Spotted by
Allen Hoof

Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Spotted on Dec 28, 1980
Submitted on Dec 9, 2011

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