Callopatiria granifera

Callopatiria granifera, the red starfish, is a southern African species of starfish in the family Asterinidae.[2]

Red starfish
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Callopatiria granifera
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C. granifera
Binomial name
Callopatiria granifera
(Gray, 1847)[1]

DescriptionEdit

The red starfish is a medium-sized orange to red starfish which grows up to 15 cm (5.9 in) across. It has a dorsal surface resembling a tiled roof and its arms taper to rounded ends.

DistributionEdit

It is found from Namibia to Durban on the South African coast, subtidally

EcologyEdit

This starfish feeds on food detritus.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "WoRMS - World Register of Marine Species - Callopatiria granifera (Gray, 1847)". marinespecies.org. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
  2. ^ Branch, G.M., Branch, M.L, Griffiths, C.L. and Beckley, L.E. 2010. Two Oceans: a guide to the marine life of southern Africa ISBN 978-1-77007-772-0