Meredith C. Swartwout, Ph.D. Candidate, Biological Sciences
Dried Mount Oceanic Specimen
Sea stars come in a variety of shapes, sizes and forms. Although commonly called “starfish”, that’s a bit of a misnomer since sea stars are not fish at all, they are invertebrates in the Phylum Echinodermata. Despite their cute appearance, they are voracious predators of shellfish and can move surprisingly fast when on the hunt. One species of sea star, the Crown-of-Thorns, even eats coral.
University of Arkansas Museum
Object Accession Number
2005-3-2, 2005-3-7, 2005-3-10
sea stars, invertebrates, marine animal, zoology