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Mass Star Fish Die Off
2013-09-11 10:09:02

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Massive numbers of dead starfish have been observed in the waters around Vancouver, British Columbia over the past two months, and scientists are currently at a loss as to the possible cause of the fatal phenomenon. Jonathan Martin, a research associate at Simon Fraser University, has observed the mass die-off of both Sunflower seastars (Pycnopodia helianthoides) and morning sun stars (Solaster dawsoni) and has published photos...

Atlantic Ocean Gets Hit With Invasive Brittle Star Species
2012-08-20 12:37:24

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The appearance and ecology of Atlantic coral reef habitats could be altered by yellow brittle star A study co-written by Dr. Gordon Hendler of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) about an invasive species of brittle star, Ophiothela mirabilis, has been published online in Coral Reefs, the Journal of the International Society for Reef Studies. Growing populations have established themselves at distant points in...


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Blue Spiny Starfish, Coscinasterias tenuispina
2013-08-11 13:40:45

The blue spiny starfish (Coscinasterias tenuispina), also known as the white starfish, is a species that is classified within the Asteriidae family. It can be found in the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Its range includes the coasts of Portugal, France, Cuba, Brazil, various islands in the Atlantic, and the coasts from North Carolina to Santos. It prefers a habitat along shorelines at depths of up to 160 feet. This species holds more female members than males. The blue spiny...

Eleven-armed Sea Star, Coscinasterias calamaria
2013-08-11 13:37:25

The eleven-armed sea star (Coscinasterias calamaria) is a species of starfish that is classified within the Asteriidae family. Its range extends from New Zealand to southern areas of Australia. It prefers to reside in low tide areas with rocky terrain. This species typically grows eleven arms, although it can have up to fourteen, which reach an average length from tip to tip of about 11.8 inches. Its coloring is typically blue with many other colors mixed in including green, grey, brown, and...

Common Starfish (Asterias rubens)
2012-04-19 09:12:37

The Common Starfish (Asterias rubens), also known as the Common Sea Star, is the most common species of starfish found in the northeast Atlantic Ocean. It is usually found on rocky and gravelly substrate. This starfish has five arms and usually grows to between 4 and 12 inches in diameter, although some specimens have been recorded up to 21 inches across. It is typically orange or brown in color, but sometimes can be yellow, white, blue, purple or green; deep-water specimens are paler....

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