Friday, November 30, 2007

Pincushion Star

[Originally posted to the Moorea Coral Reef LTER (MCR LTER) Marine Life Encyclopedia]

Pincushion Star
(Culcita novaeguineae)

Pincushion Star - Culcita novaeguineae
Photo by Gerick Bergsma

Cushion stars host a number of symbiotic creatures, including Periclimenes shrimp, which live on the underside of its arms, and Carapus fish which live in its digestive track and enter and exit through its mouth.

Pin Cushion Stars are common throughout the Indo-Pacific, including India, Thailand, South China Sea, Australia, New Guinea, Palau, Fiji, the Solomon Islands, Hawaii and French Polynesia.

Shallow reefs, reef flats and lagoons, from 0-30m.

Detritus, Corals and Anemones.

Quick Fact
Cushion Stars, like other seastars, feed by extruding their stomachs from their mouths and digesting their prey externally.

Learn More
- Gerick Bergsma's PhD Research

- Moorea Biocode Database

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