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Animal Spotlight: Valvatida Starfish

The Valvatida is not your average Starfish. For one thing, we tend to picture Starfish with pointed edges, whereas the Valvatida has tiny, almost stubby ends. Valvatida also refers to an entire order of Starfish, composed of hundreds of species, rather than just one specific creature. Starfish of the Valvatida order can be anywhere from a few millimeters to 75 centimeters in length.

Almost every member of the group has five arms and tubed feet with “suckers” on the end. Members of the group include the cushion star and leather star. The complex Crown of Thorns Starfish is also listed as being under this order. You can see why it’s called that pretty easily! 

Animal Spotlight Crown of Thorns Starfish

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