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NOAA Photo Library Image - reef0238

A small acanthaster - this type of starfish eats coral polyps. This starfish is known as the Crown of Thorns Starfish for its long spines Reportedly toxic if stepped on.

Image ID: reef0238, NOAA's Coral Kingdom Collection
Location: Pokai Bay, Oahu
Photo Date: October 1969
Photographer: Dr. James P. McVey, NOAA Sea Grant Program


Category: Coral Reefs/Artificial Reef/Invertebrates/Starfish/

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