Crown of Thorns


Common name : Crown of thorns starfish

Scientific name : Acanthaster planci

Family : Acanthasteridae

Native to : Indo-Pacific Ocean

Interesting fact : The stomach of this starfish secretes digestive enzymes to absorb nutrientsfrom liquefied coral.

Conservation status : Not Evaluated

The crown of thorns is a starfish with many arms and venomous spines covering its surface. It is one of the largest sea stars growing up to 25-35 cm with up to 21 arms. Its unique diet is made of hard reef coral polyps. Breeding in early to mid-summer, it reproduces by spawning, releasing gametes into the sea water. Its lifespan is 16 years.

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