Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Sea Star/Starfish Close Ups!

Solaster skin Image by Alexander Semenov

Bonjour to everyone! At the moment I am continuing my research in Paris at the Museum national d'Historie naturelle! Here are a bunch of my prior posts about studying at this incredible place!

I'll be blogging more on this shortly but in the meantime, here are some neat close ups of various starfish species!

Solaster endeca (Pacific Northwest/N. Atlantic) click here to see what the animal looks like
Solaster skin Image by Alexander Semenov

Crossaster papposus (Pacific Northwest/N. Atlantic) click here to see what the animal looks like
Crossaster skin Image by Alexander Semenov

Culcita novaeguineae (cushion star fr. tropical N. Pacific) click here to see it!


Plectaster decanus (Australia) Click here to see what the animal looks like
Starfish close up Image by Weedy Seadragon

Gomophia gomophia (Okinawa, Japan) click here to see what this animal looks like
Starfish, Gomophia gomophia Image by Okinawa Nature Photography

Nardoa sp. from the Indo-PacificWarty sea star Image by sbailliez

Echinaster callosus from the Indo-PacificWarty seastar (Echinaster callosus)
Warty seastar (Echinaster callosus)Images by Optical Allusion

the sand star Astropecten aranaciacus (temperate Europe, Mediterranean) click here to see it!
Note the star-shaped pillars are called paxillae. In theory they protect the papulae (aka the gills) from burial)
Astropecten aranciacus mage by fabbricmare

From  a related starfish.. Gephyreaster swifti (British Columbia) More on this species here.


From Mediaster aequalis (west coast of N. America) a similar bunch of structures called tabula or tabular plates.. Click here to see it!
Starfish macro

From an Australian relative of Mediaster called Nectria ocellata with some enlarged tabulae. It looks like this.
Macro adventures pt 2 Image by ~aquaplane

Close up surface texture of the Indo-Pacific Archaster typicus. Learn more about it here!
Close up of texture of Common sea star

More next week!

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