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Northern Sun Star Solaster endeca
2013-11-14 11:54:31

The northern sun star (Solaster endeca), also known as the purple sun star or the smooth sun star, is a species of starfish that is classified within the Solasteridae family. It can be found in the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean with a range that includes coastlines of Greenland, Canada, and the United States. It prefers a habitat in areas with adequate to heavy shelter and muddy or rocky...

Morning Sun Star Solaster dawsoni
2013-11-11 11:20:37

The morning sun star (Solaster dawsoni) is a species of starfish that is classified within the Solasteridae family. It can be found in northern areas of the Pacific Ocean with a range that extends from the coasts of China, Japan, and Siberia to the coasts of California in the United States. It prefers a habitat in rocky areas at depths of up to 1,380 feet. This species has two subspecies known...

Horned Sea Star Protoreaster nodosus
2013-11-11 11:16:18

The horned sea star (Protoreaster nodosus), also known as the chocolate chip sea star, is a species of starfish that is classified within the Oreasteridae family. It can be found in the Indo-Pacific region and prefers a habitat within hidden sandy or muddy areas, with substrate such as coral, but can be seen in sea grasses. This species can reach an average diameter of 11.8 inches with four to...

Serpent Star Ophiura ophiura
2013-11-11 10:45:41

The serpent star (Ophiura ophiura) is a species of brittle star that is classified within the Ophiuridae family. It can be found along northwestern coasts of Europe with a range that includes the waters around Sweden, Norway, Madeira, and the Mediterranean Sea. It prefers a habitat in sandy areas at depths of up to 656 feet. This species is typically abundant throughout its range, occurring at...

Arbacia punctulata
2013-11-06 11:08:03

Arbacia punctulata is a species of Arbacia genus of purple-spined sea urchins. Its natural habitat is in the Western Atlantic Ocean. It can be found in shallow water from Massachusetts to Cuba and the Yucatan Peninsula, from Texas to Florida in the Gulf of Mexico, the coast from Panama to French Guiana and in the Lesser Antilles, normally on sandy, rocky, or shelly bottoms. It is omnivorous,...

Coelopleurus exquisitus
2013-11-06 11:03:16

Coelopleurus exquisitus is a sea urchin species located off of the coast of the island of New Caledonia within the Pacific Ocean. It’s an epifaunal deep water species living at depths of between 790 and 1,710 feet and was only identified as named in 2006. The pattern and coloration of this species is distinctive and vibrant. Examined individuals of the species demonstrate that the test is...

Synaptula lamperti
2013-11-04 09:27:28

Synaptula lamperti is a species of sea cucumber belonging to the family Synaptidae within the phylum Echinodermata, located on coral reefs within the Indo-Pacific region. The echinoderms are marine invertebrates and they include the sea urchins, sea cucumbers, and starfish. They’re radially symmetric and have a water vascular system that is driven by hydrostatic pressure, making them able to...

Brown Sandfish Bohadschia marmorata
2013-11-01 11:02:33

The Brown Sandfish (Bohadschia marmorata) is a species of sea cucumber belonging to the family Holothuriidae. It resides on the seabed in shallow waters within the Indo-Pacific region. The individuals of this species are cylindrical shaped and can grow to about 14 inches long. The body wall is tough and leathery and has an uneven texture because of the calcareous spicules it has. It’s...

Black Sea Cucumber Holothuria leucospilota
2013-10-31 10:53:06

The Black Sea Cucumber (Holothuria leucospilota) is a species of marine invertebrate belonging to the family Holothuriidae. It’s been placed within the subgenus Mertensiothuria, making its full scientific name Holothuria (Mertensiothuria) Leucospilota. It’s the type species of the subgenus and can be found on the seabed in shallow water within the western Indo-Pacific. It is of medium...

Bombay Duck Harpadon nehereus
2013-10-24 12:18:24

The Bombay Duck (Harpadon nehereus), known also as the bummalo, is, in spite of its name, not a duck but a lizardfish. It is native to the waters between Mumbai and Kutch within the Arabian Sea, and a smaller number can also be found in the Bay of Bengal. Large numbers are also caught in the South China Sea. This fish is often dried and salted before it is eaten, as its meat doesn’t have a...

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barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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