Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Royal Starfish

Last week as I was strolling down the beach I noticed a starfish that had just washed up. Although this creature, a Royal Starfish, probably named for its bright purple color, is often cast on the shore in great numbers after storms and hurricanes, it is not so common normally.

The scientific name of the Royal Starfish is Astropecten articulatus. It's margin is orange, giving this starfish a striking appearance.

If you find one of these count yourself lucky, but be prepared for the color to fade as it dries out. Another "treasure from the sea."

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  1. Anonymous7:08 AM

    thank you for taking the time to post an image.

  2. Toni W.8:07 AM

    We found several of those when we were there in 2011. I have 4 of them in a shadow box on my wall between a picture of the island and one of all of us on the island last year. Although the color has faded the memory of the vivid purple lives on and they are still quite amazing to look at.