Friday, May 29, 2009

Comet Seastar

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

Linckia or Comet Seastar
(Linckia sp.)

Linckia or Comet Seastar - Linckia sp.
Photo by Gerick Bergsma

Throughout the tropical Indopacific

Linckia are found on reef flats.

Linckia seastars consume detritus, algae and microbes.

Quick Fact
Linckia seastars have amazing abilities to regenerate body parts.  If attacked, a seastar may sever one of its legs to escape from a predator and later regrow it.  They are also able to asexually reproduce by severing legs, which regrow into new seastars.

Learn More
Coming Soon
- Moorea Biocode Database

No comments: