1. Crown of Thorns Starfish // Acanthaster planci // Echinodermata"It’s a large multi-armed starfish (or seastar) that usually preys upon hard, or stony, coral polyps (Scleractinia). The crown-of-thorns receives its name from venomous thorn-like spines that cover its upper surface. It is the second largest sea star in the world."
Photo & Source Credit: Julia Summerling photography // The Great Barrier Reef // PADI

    Crown of Thorns Starfish // Acanthaster planci // Echinodermata
    "It’s a large multi-armed starfish (or seastar) that usually preys upon hard, or stony, coral polyps (Scleractinia). The crown-of-thorns receives its name from venomous thorn-like spines that cover its upper surface. It is the second largest sea star in the world."
    Photo & Source Credit: Julia Summerling photography // The Great Barrier Reef // PADI

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