Red Thorny Star   (Echinaster echinophorus)
Phylum: Echinodermata, Class: Asteroidea
Range: Caribbean
Size: 8 in.    Space:: 100+ gal.     Diet: Reported to eat sponges and molluscs
Reef Safe: Caution   Care Level: Difficult   Temperament: Peaceful
Natural History: The Red Thorny Starfish is found in bays and sea grass beds. It is an echinoderm that has tube feet which it uses to crawl about and catch prey. It controls its tube feet with an internal water vascular hydraulic system. This starfish color ranges from bright red to orange and brown.
Husbandry: The Red Thorny Starfish should not be placed with clams, sponges, or small anemones since it may feed on them.

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