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Sea Life & Aquarium Substrates

Sea life from the Northern Atlantic Ocean. 50 degree F salt water species. Gulf of Maine Inc. supplies sea life, beach plants, and aquarium substrates from Maine, collected by hand.

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Arthropods

Bony fishes

Brachiopods

Bryozoa

Cartilaginous fishes

Cnidaria

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Spiny Sunstar (Crossaster papposus)

Spiny Sunstar (Crossaster papposus)

from 30.00

Common name:  spiny sea star

Scientific name:  Crossaster papposus

Locations:  shallow waters of the coast, attached to rocks, in cracks and crevices

Seasonality:  available all year

Color:  purple

Size:  8” - 10”

Collected:  by hand

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 Spiny sunstar laying on rockweed ( Ascophyllum nodosum ).

Spiny sunstar laying on rockweed (Ascophyllum nodosum).

Tidepool Tim says,  “These stars are found in subtidal and deep water, easily recognizable by their large disc connected to up to 14 arms. If you’re lucky, you might find one that’s a meter wide - one of the largest species on Earth! They’re robust predators after other stars, sea urchins, anemones, and bivalve molluscs, snails, and sea cukes. Like other stars, their stomach emerges from their body and onto their prey for digestion.”