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Echinoderm 7: Blue Starfish

Blue starfish
Blue starfish by Kevin Polo
Blue starfish
Blue starfish by Kevin Polo

Location: Samal Island/ Class: Asteroidea/ Species: Linckia sp.

Echinoderm 6: Chocolate Chip Starfish

Chocolate schip starfish
Chocolate chip starfish
Chocolate chip starfish
Chocolate chip starfish

 

Location: Mati/ Class: Asteroidea/ Species: Protoreaster nodosus

Echinoderm 5: Cushion Starfish

Cushion Starfish
Cushion starfish

Cushion Starfish

This starfish looks like a “mamon bread” for me because of its shape and fluffy appearance. It’s body looks inflated. It has a short and broad arms. Spotted them in the shallow water reefs.

 

 

Location: Sta. Maria/ Class: Asteroidea/ Species: Culcita sp.

Echinoderm 4: Crown of Thorns Starfish

Crown of Thorns Starfish
Crown of thorns starfish

Crown of Thorns StarfishCrown of thorns starfish are one of the sea creatures that caused damage to coral reefs. They fed on stony corals (Scleractinia). My friend Leo once joined a movement to collect this sea star somewhere in Samal Island because there was a population increase of this species in that area. Their consuming the reefs faster than it can regenerate itself.

Location: Sta. Maria/ Class: Asteroidea/ Species: Acanthaster sp.

 

Echinoderm 3: Black Brittle Star

Black Brittle Star
Black Brittle Star

Black Brittle Star Brittle stars are closely  related to starfish, they are also known as serpent stars”. Found  many of them in the shallow water, rocks, crevasses, holes, and grasses. Their whip-like  arms were flexible and are used for locomotion.

 

 

Location: Sta. Maria/ Class: Ophiuroidea/ Species: Ophiocoma sp.  

Echinoderm 2: Chocolate Chip Starfish

Chocolate Chip Starfish
Chocolate Chip Starfish

Chocolate Chip StarfishProtoreaster nodosus covers a wide area of the shallow seawater.  Also known as Horned starfish. You don’t want to step on it. Underwater, their spines really looked frightening to me, especially the large ones.

 

Location: Sta. Maria/ Class: Asteroidea/ Species: Protoreaster nodosus

Echinoderm 1: Sea Urchin

Sea Urchin
Sea Urchin

Sea urchins belong to phylum Echinodermata and makes up the  class Echinoidea. Careful not to stepped on these creatures, their spines were painful when penetrated to the skin.  It must be removed right away. Their spines were also movable, it protects them from predators. The photo above is its oral surface, where it has the  mouth.

Location: Sta. Maria/ Class: Echinoidea/ Species: ?