Sunflower Star

Sunflower Star

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Caption: Sunflower Star (Pycnopodia helianthoides) typically have 24 arms and a broad disc covered with a soft skin. The ventral or oral face of the star has tube feet for locomotion and for gripping prey. A good sized sunflower star has 15,000 tube feet and is capable of moving rather fast.

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Keywords: ampulla, animal, asteroidea, california, echinoderm, echinodermata, fauna, invertebrate, marine, marine life, ocean life, pacific ocean, podia, pycnopodia, pycnopodia helianthoides, reef, sea life, sea star, seastar, starfish, sunflower sea star, sunflower star, tidepool, tube feet, tubefeet, underwater

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