Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Creature 273: Plectaster decanus

Look, don't touch.

Plectaster decanus is a seastar commonly known as the mosaic seastar.

It is renowned for it bright coloration and distinct tile like patterns. But that coloration is there as a warning. These seastars are poisonous. There is a substantial amount of poison in the mosaic seastars skin and it can cause a human's limb to go numb just by holding it.

The mosaic sea star can be found off the coast of temperate Australia at depths of 5 to 200 m

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Echinodermata
Class: Asteroidea
Order: Spinulosida
Family: Echinasteridae
Genus: Plectaster
Species: Plectaster decanus

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