Starfish, Comb Star

Astropecten polyacanthus. Comb star. A dried starfish. It has five pointed arms. The sides of the arms are covered in spikes. It is a light cream colour, possibly faded in the light and as part of the drying process. The upper surface has no spikes.
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This species is found in shallow waters in tropical and sub-tropical seas. It is often found on soft silty sand bottoms in harbours and estuaries.
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