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Basket Starfish

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kirsten waters

on 18 September 2013

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Transcript of Basket Starfish

Habitat
Basket stars can live to depths of almost 6,564 ft but are usually found 50 to 500 ft below sea level. They live along the Pacific coast from the Bering Sea to southern California.
Food Web/Diet
Basket Starfish
Domain: Eukarya
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Echinodermata
Class: Ophiuroidea
Orde:r 0phiurida
Suborder: Euralina
Family: Gorgonocephalidae
Genus: Gorgonocephalus
Species: eucnemis
Common Name: Basket Star


Classification
The basket can reach 70 cm across.
Their colours vary between individuals and often on different parts of the body ranging from beige to almost white..
Physical Characteristics
Basket Larvae
Adult Basket
Basket Starfish
Mysid Shrimp
Algae
When feeding, they extend several of their arms into the water, the branchlets spread out like a fan, oriented so that they are more or less perpendicular to the water current
Animal Adaptations
The basket starfish adapt to their environment by clinging to rocks which make them look like bushes or coral to hide from their pray.
Larvae
Young Basket
Adults live to an estimated 35 years
Reproduce during summer
Resources:
http://www.asnailsodyssey.com/LEARNABOUT/BASKET/baskRepr.php
http://wiki.hicksvilleschools.org/groups/hsbiology/wiki/7b67a/
Life Cycle
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