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: reef0239, NOAA's Coral Kingdom Collection
Location: Pokai Bay, Oahu
Photographer: Dr. James P. McVey, NOAA Sea Grant Program
Category: Coral Reefs/Artificial Reef/Invertebrates/Starfish/
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