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Pisaster giganteus
Pisaster giganteus
Giant-spined Seastar
(shown with Tegula funebralis)
Photographer: Lovell and Libby Langstroth
Organization: California Academy of Sciences
Collection: CalAcademy

ID: 0000 0000 0405 0396 (2005-04-05)

Copyright © 2005 California Academy of Sciences

  • date of photo  Jun 26, 1998
  • latitude 36.81817   longitude -121.79356   max error distance 26012 meters     View on Google Maps.
  • horizontal datum World Geodetic System 1984
  • georeferencing source GeoLocate
  • location   From Monterey Bay (Monterey County, California, US)
  • family Asteriidae
  • order Forcipulatida
  • class Asteroidea
  • habitat  Subtidal
  • notes   With tube feet attached, Pisaster slowly moves its captured prey along one arm toward the mouth. The seastar then turns the snail so it can insert its stomach through the shell's aperture and digest the snail. The shell, with a barnacle attached, later will be discarded. The encounter was set up in our home aquarium.
  • camera   Nikon
  • photo category: Animal - Invertebrate-Other

  • common names   Giant-spined Seastar (photographer)
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