Astropecten polyacanthus Müller & Troschel, 1842

This interesting star buries in the sand during the day. We have seen specimens only at night, when they emerge and hunt on the surface of the sand. When disturbed, they sink straight down as if being sucked in by quicksand. We have run across only three of four so far, the largest around 90mm in diameter.


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