Sand star (Astropecten irregularis)

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Sand star

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  • The sand star can grow up to 20 centimetres in diameter.
  • The sand star normally has a purple tip at the end of each arm, and a purple dot in the centre.
  • The sand star is carnivorous, usually feeding on young bivalves.
  • Sand stars are normally found buried in sand, with the tips of their arms keeping contact with the surface.
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Sand star description

KingdomAnimalia
PhylumEchinodermata
ClassAsteroidea
OrderPaxillosida
FamilyAstropectinidae
GenusAstropecten (1)

Information on the sand star is currently being researched and written and will appear here shortly.

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Sand star status

The sand star has not yet been assessed by the IUCN.

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This information is awaiting authentication by a species expert, and will be updated as soon as possible. If you are able to help please contact:
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References

  1. ITIS (December, 2012)
    http://www.itis.gov/index.html
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Sand star  
Sand star

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The Moos
Poffley End
Witney
Oxfordshire
OX29 9UW
United Kingdom
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Fax: +44 (0) 1993 779203
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