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The starfish is a very colorful invertebrate animal that is scattered throughout the world’s oceans.
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The body of the starfish holds several curiosities, such as the fact that despite being a living being, it has no brain.
The arms that give it a star-like appearance are born from the center of its body or central disk. These arms can be short or long.
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Usually, a starfish has five arms, but what is impressive is that it can have more than 40 arms. An example of this is the Antarctic starfish.
The starfish has a central disk, where the five arms start, and just below this is located the mouth of the animal.
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This invertebrate animal has the incredible capacity to regenerate its extremities. That is to say, if one of its arms is torn off by its predators, it will grow again without any problem.
Also, when the arm is torn off, a new starfish can be formed because most of the organs are in the arms, such as the pyloric appendix.
Starfish have calcified skin, which helps them to protect themselves from predators. This skin is found in many different shades, such as blue, orange, brown, and red, and these vibrant colors help to camouflage.
The texture of their skin is equally varied and can be smooth or rough. They have sensory cells in their skin, and with them, they perceive light, ocean currents, and more.
All starfish are covered with overlapping bony plates. This species reaches a length of 10 to 15 centimeters in diameter, but the real size varies according to the species.
Some may be small and measure less than 3 centimeters while others reach more than 1 meter in diameter.
Starfish are nocturnal and can move around using tube feet, with suction cups that stick to the seafloor.
Starfish inhabit all the oceans of the earth and can be found in cold, tropical waters.
It is possible to come across some specimens of this echinoderm both on the surface and more than 6,000 meters below the surface of the sea.
Although it may not seem like it, starfish are carnivorous animals. Daily they consume prey that is easy to hunt, such as barnacles, bivalves, and many other invertebrates.
The stomach of a starfish is what we would call “evaginable,” meaning that they can “expel” it from the body.
The star begins by taking the prey with its arms, then it proceeds to expel the stomach, and thus the victim is impregnated with digestive juices, and finally, they “fold” the stomach and digest the prey.