Red Starfish

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Description of the Red Starfish

The Red Starfish is a common starfish and is Orange or Red in color. It has five 'limbs' radiating from its central disk. Red Starfish are capable for both sexual and asexual reproduction. They use their water vascular system to move through the water, breath and manage digestion.

Popular Name: Red Starfish
Species: Echinaster sepositus

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Red Starfish

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Profile of the Red Starfish
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Red Starfish species.

  • Size: 20 to 30cm

  • Fish Tank conditions:

  • Habitat: Rocky Bottom of Marine Waters, depths of up to 250m

  • Range: English Channel, Mediterranean Sea, Atlantic Ocean

Scientific Classification of the Red Starfish
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Echinaster sepositus

  • Popular Name: Red Starfish

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Echinodermata

  • Class: Stelleroidea

  • Order: Spinulosida

  • Family: Echinasteridae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Red Starfish?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist!


Interesting Facts and Information - Why are Red Starfish slimy?
Red Starfish secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Red Starfish to move through the water faster. Some fish species also release toxins in their slime which ward off enemy attacks. Other fish species use their slime to feed their young.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do Red Starfish have gills?
Gills enable the Red Starfish to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.

Interesting Facts and Information - Why do the Red Starfish have fins?
A fin is an external appendage or "limb" of a fish. Fins are used for directing, stabilizing, or propelling the different fish species in water. Numbers of fins vary between fish species, but there are usually seven. Each of the fins on a fish are designed to perform a specific function:

  • Dorsal fins - The dorsal fin is located on the backs of fishes. The Red Starfish has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Ventral fins. The ventral fin is located on the pelvic area of fishes. The Red Starfish has Ventral fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Caudal fins. The Caudal fin is located on the tail area of fishes. The Red Starfish has Caudal fins to propel through the water.

  • Pectoral fins. The Pectoral fin is located on the breast area of fishes. The Red Starfish has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement

Interesting Facts and Information about Red Starfish

Red Starfish

  • Interesting Information about Red Starfish

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Red Starfish slimy?

  • Why do the Red Starfish have gills?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why do the Red Starfish have fins?

  • Species: Echinaster sepositus

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