STARFISH MANY VARIETIES FOR CRAFTING TO COLLECTING
Starfish belong to phylum Echinoderms (see conchological terms for complete definition). class: asteroid. Star fish are often referred to as sea stars
The asteroid body has the form of a flattened star with arms (rays) generally numbering 5 or a multiple of 5. It is rare to see six or other number of arms. The arms join a disc like body.
The upper surface of the arm has the spines and other Enchinoderm features. There is usually a red eye spot at the tip of each arm.
The under side of the sea star has a mouth in the middle of the disc and there is an open groove from the mouth to the tip of the arm. Two or four rows of tube feet are found in each groove.
Sea stars travel on the tube feet. The tube feet has suckers that reach ahead and attach to solid objects; thus pulling the sea star forward. The burrowing sea star lack suckers and only push the sea star forward.
Sea stars feeding varies with the species. Most feed by extending their stomachs thru their mouth to envelope their food.
Sea stars can regenerate arms. When an arm is damaged, it is shed at a point close to the central disc. (this is why the species you receive have arms of varying development). If the arm surface is cut slightly, it can usually heal over. In some species, the lost arm can generate a central disc; thus creating a new sea star.
BAHAMA SEA STAR
The Bahama Sea Star can vary in color. Some are very dark brown and other a light tan color. The color difference relates to the amount of sun light the star fish experienced during its life.
One Bahama Sea star 5 to 5 7/8 inches........OUT OF STOCK
One Bahama Sea star 6 to 7 inches........OUT OF STOCK
Generally speaking, the larger the starfish the more imperfections.
One White Starfish 2 plus inches........ .49
One White starfish 3 plus inches........ .95
One White Starfish 4 plus inches........ $.99
One White Starfish 5 plus inches........ $1.15
One White Starfish 6 plus inch......$1.59
One White Starfish 8 plus inches....... $1.75
One White Starfish 10 plus inches....... $1.99
One Sugar star fish 1 to 1 7/8 inches........ $1.15
One Sugar Starfish 2 to 3 1/4 inches........ $1.75
One Sugar Starfish 3 1/2 to 5 inches........ $4.25
One Sugar Starfish 6 to 7 7/8 inches........ $4.59
One Sugar Starfish 8 to 9 7/8 inches........ $5.39
One Sugar Sea star 10 to 10 7/8 inches........ $6.59
One Sugar Starfish 11 plus inches...... $11.95
One Jungle Starfish 2 plus inches........ .79
One Jungle Starfish 4 plus inches........ .95
One Jungle Starfish 5 plus inches........ 1.15
One Jungle Starfish 6 plus inches........ $1.59
One Jungle Starfish 7 plus inches........ $1.75
One Jungle Starfish 8 plus inches........ $1.95
One Jungle Starfish 9 plus inches........ OUT OF STOCK
KNOBBY SEA STARS(starfish)
Scientific name: Echinaster echinophorus
One Knobby Starfish 1 plus inches........ .59
One Knobby Starfish 2 plus inches........ .65
One Knobby Starfish 4 plus inches........ .75
One Knobby Starfish 6 plus inches........ $1.15
One Knobby Starfish 7 plus inches.....$1.19
One Knobby Starfish 9 plus inches........ $3.40
BROWN SEA STARS(starfish)
One Brown Starfish 3/4 inch or less sizes are approximate........ OUT OF STOCK
One Brown Starfish 1 3/8 inch or less sizes are approximate........ .24
One Brown Starfish 1 plus inches..... .31
One Brown Starfish 1 1/2 plus inches...... .35
CROWN OF THORNS SEA STARS(starfish)
The Crown of Thorn star fish are considered pests. These specimen are from the tropical Pacific near Australia. Crown of Thorn star fish attack Coral Reefs and have few predators.
Crown of Thorn star fish color can vary depending on how much sunlight exposure they have received.
One Crown of Thorns Starfish 4 plus inches........ $2.99
One Crown of Thorns Star fish 6 plus inches........$3.40
MULTI LEG OR SUN STAR SEA STARS(starfish)
One Multi Leg Sea star 2 plus inches.......$3.10
One Multi Leg Sea star 4 plus inches.......$3.95
One Multi Leg Sea star 5 1/2 plus inches.......$5.59
WHITE KNOBBY SEA STARS(starfish)
These sea star have been bleached white.
One White Knobby Starfish 1 3/4 plus inches........ $1.10
One White Knobby Starfish 3 plus inches.......$1.29
One White Knobby Starfish 4 plus inches........OUT OF STOCK
One White Knobby Starfish 4 3/4 plus inches........$1.95
White Common Starfish
White Common Starfish are dyed starfish. These come from the various types offered on our site
One White Common Starfish 3 plus inches...... 1.95
One White Common Starfish 4 3/4 plus inches...... $2.75
Bat Star fish
The Bat Star fish, Asterina miniata, is so named because of its resemblance to a bat. The arms are not as clearly separated as with other species, but more distinct than those of a "sand dollar". They come in a wide variety of colors.
Like other starfish they mate by "broadcasting" their gametes (eggs and sperm) into the water. This is roughly synchronized but they do it whether there are other starfish around or not.
Bat stars are often scavengers but they can also be predatory. Small annelids (worms) liven in their oral grooves. This doesn't seem to harm the bat star, but it is unclear what, if anything, the bat star gains from this relationship.
Bat stars can grow to 8 inches across and are found on the west coast of North America from Alaska to Baja California. They have an important role as scavengers.
One unusual feature of the Bat Star fish is that the plates that make up its outer skin are so large and well defined that they are quite clearly visible and some have compared them to shingles.
Just as humans normally have five fingers but some individuals have extras, bat starfish normally have five arms but sometimes have as many as nine arms.
Bat Star fish can be found from the intertidal zone out to a depth of about 950 feet.
Bat stars are known to eat other species of starfish on occasion. Sometimes fights occur between Bat stars which take the form of arm wrestling where each tries to get its arm on top of the other one.
One Bat Starfish 3 plus inches...... .95
One Bat Starfish 3 3/4 plus inches....... $1.25
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