Thursday, March 1, 2012

Acanthaster planci (Linnaeus, 1758) aka Crown of Thorns Starfish

Info Links:
Acanthaster planci at the World Asteroidea Database

Distribution: Baja California, Hawaii, southern Japan, Australia, tropical Central-Pacific and westward to the Indian Ocean, India and east coast of Africa.

Images of individuals from the Pacific..

Hawaiian Islands-Kauai
Crown-of-thorns starfish (Acanthaster planci)

Okinawa
Acanthaster planci, Crown of thorns starfish eating coral
Photo by Okinawa Nature Photography

Thailand-Ko Lanta
Crown of Thorns Starfish
Photo by Quinet

Indian Ocean Localities

Maldives
blue/purple crown of thorns
Photo by Tobze
maldives-bandos-Snorkelling-2008-321
Photo by Janice Chapman

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