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Mysterious Wasting Virus Killing Starfish Along West Coast
2013-11-04 15:04:27

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online California marine biologists are reporting the spread of a mysterious bacteria that is killing starfish up and down the West Coast – transforming the echinoderms into piles of goo in the process. “They essentially melt in front of you,” Pete Raimondi, a biologist at the University of California, Santa Cruz, told The Santa Rosa Press Democrat. The affected animals form white lesions on their exterior that grow and occasionally...

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...

Can You Stomach This? Starfish Feeding Secrets Revealed
2013-08-02 14:13:12

[ Watch the Video: Starfish Feeding Mechanism Better Understood ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Starfish have a feeding method that is unlike any other. To eat, the echinoderm ejects its stomach from its own body -- placing it over the digestible parts of its prey, typically a mussel or clam. The stomach then partially digests what it can, producing a chowder-like slurry that is then drawn back into the starfishes' ten digestive glands. According to a new report...

Starfish Have Primitive Eyes Used To Navigate Their Environment
2013-07-05 09:01:37

Society for Experimental Biology A study has shown for the first time that starfish use primitive eyes at the tip of their arms to visually navigate their environment. Research headed by Dr. Anders Garm at the Marine Biological Section of the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, showed that starfish eyes are image-forming and could be an essential stage in eye evolution. The researchers removed starfish with and without eyes from their food rich habitat, the coral reef, and placed them...

Bats Get Tongue Erections
2013-05-07 08:31:33

Watch the video "A Dynamic Nectar Mop" April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online What do busy janitors and nectar feeding bats have in common?  They both want to wipe up as much liquid as they can, as fast as they can. And it turns out, they both have specialized equipment for the job. A new study, led by Brown University, describes the previously undiscovered mechanism used by the bat, Glossophaga soricina, to slurp up extra nectar from within a flower: a tongue tip...

2013-03-02 23:00:40

White finger starfish, the beach-themed wedding favorite, is now available with bulk discounts for weddings and crafts Lake City, Fla. (PRWEB) March 02, 2013 North Florida Shells has unveiled a new selection of white pencil starfish, just in time for this season´s beach- and sea-themed weddings. The starfish are available in a wide range of sizes making them one of the most versatile additions to any spring or summer wedding. The white pencil starfish is a natural feature that lends...

Coral Reef Killer May Have A New Nemesis
2012-10-08 14:15:00

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The farmer and the casual gardener know the damage that can be done by an outside pest. Through chemical and organic (for the more eco-conscious among them) pesticides, they are able to eradicate the small predators that threaten their ecosystem. But just how do you effectively clear out a pest when its attack is underwater? This week, a team of marine scientists from James Cook University´s (JCU) ARC Centre of Excellence for...

2011-07-26 00:00:29

Noel-Levitz and Starfish Retention Solutions today announced that they have joined forces to address student attrition issues. The two firms plan to work together to combine student motivation and receptivity data from Noel-Levitz with the Starfish tracking and case management system, giving institutions a seamless approach to identifying at-risk students and their needs and then prioritizing and managing student interventions. Arlington, VA (PRWEB) July 25, 2011 Noel-Levitz and Starfish...

2011-04-07 00:00:27

Software Enables Institution to Proactively, Efficiently Provide Student Support Resources in Effort to Improve Student Persistence Arlington, VA (PRWEB) April 6, 2011 Starfish Retention Solutions, Inc., a leading provider of student success systems, announced today that Bristol Community College has licensed Starfish® as part of its five-year Title III program. The college is using Title III funds to connect first-year students to the support resources to help them fulfill their...


Latest Starfish Reference Libraries

Red Sea Fire Urchin, Asthenosoma marisrubri
2013-11-21 12:03:03

The Red Sea Fire Urchin or Toxic Leather Sea Urchin (Asthenosoma marisrubri) is a relatively common sea urchin with a widespread distribution within the Indo-Pacific, and was, until 1998, considered a color variant of Asthenosoma Varium. Sea urchins are close relatives are crinoids, brittle stars, sea cucumbers, and starfish, all being echinoderms. This species grows to 25 centimeters in diameter, with articulated plates making the test quite flexible. It prefers water temperatures between...

Ophiocoma scolopendrina
2013-11-15 10:40:07

Ophiocoma scolopendrina is a species of brittle star in the family Ophiocomidae. Ophiocoma scolopendrina, similar to other brittle star, have long and thin arms stemming from a small dish-shaped body and are around the size of an outstretched human hand. They belong to the phylum of echinoderms, which incorporates sea urchins, sea stars, and sea cucumbers. Dorsal disc and dorsal arm plates vary from black, multicolored black to a pale brown. The arms are abnormally banded. They can...

Orange Sun Star, Solaster paxillatus
2013-11-14 12:25:33

The orange sun star (Solaster paxillatus) is a species of starfish that is classified in the Solasteridae family. It can be found the Pacific Ocean with a range that extends from California in the United States to the Bering Sea and Japan. This species prefers to reside at depths between 36 and 12,270 feet. The orange sun star has a wide disk that appears to be inflated, especially after feeding, with eight to ten arms. It can reach fifteen inches in diameter with a color that varies...

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 sediment, at depths of up to 1,480 feet. The northern sun star is large, reaching a diameter of 7.9...

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 as Solaster dawsoni dawsoni and Solaster dawsoni arcticus. It has a wide body with eight to thirteen...

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