Crown-of-thorns starfish

Crown-of-thorns starfish

C002/4462 Rights Managed

Request low-res file

530 pixels on longest edge, unwatermarked

Request/Download high-res file

Uncompressed file size: 50.5MB

Downloadable file size: 2.7MB

Price image Pricing

Please login to use the price calculator


Caption: Crown-of-thorns starfish (Acanthaster planci) crawling over a sandy area between reefs. This starfish grows up to 40 centimetres in diameter and has 12-19 arms. The spines can cause pain, swelling, nausea and vomiting if touched by humans. It is a coral reef predator (corallivore) that preys on the coral polyps by extending its stomach over them and releasing digestive enzymes. This liquefies the coral's tissue, which the starfish then absorbs. Photographed off Komodo, Indonesia.

Release details: Model release not required. Property release not required.

Keywords: 1, acanthaster planci, animal, aquatic, biological, biology, coral predator, corallivore, corallivorous, crawling, crown-of-thorns starfish, echinoderm, fauna, indo-pacific, indonesia, indonesian, invertebrate, invertebrates, marine biology, marine life, nature, ocean, one, pacific ocean, papua komodo, poisonous, predatory, sand, sandy, sea, sea bed, sea star, sea-bed, sea-star, seabed, seastar, single, spike, spikes, spiky, spine, spines, spiny, starfish, thorn, thorns, thorny, tropic, tropical, tropics, under water, underwater, wildlife, zoological, zoology

Licence fees: A licence fee will be charged for any media (low or high resolution) used in your project.