Story: Starfish, sea urchins and other echinoderms

Reef stars (1st of 3)

Reef stars

One of the hardiest starfish is the reef star, or pātangaroa, which flourishes on the exposed west coasts of both main islands. They are predators of mussels and use the suction feet underneath their arms to pry the mussel shells open. They can reach a span of 35 centimetres.

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How to cite this page:

Maggy Wassilieff, 'Starfish, sea urchins and other echinoderms - Spiny-skinned animals', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/5189/reef-stars (accessed 19 July 2019)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006