Crown of Thorns Starfish

Crown of Thorns Starfish

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Credit: JOHN MARAVENTANO/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Crown of Thorns Starfish, Acanthaster planci, in Hawaii. It is the second largest starfish and capable of limb regeneration. It is nocturnal and preys on coral polyps. It is also venomous, with a neurotoxin that is released through the spines.

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Keywords: acanthaster, acanthaster planci, animal, aquatic, crown of thorns sea star, crown of thorns starfish, echinoderm, fauna, marine, ocean life, sea life, sea star, starfish, tropical, venomous

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