Granulated Sea Star (Choriaster granulatus)
Choriaster granulatus is a large seastar, and is easily identified by its five distinctive large, short, thick conical arms. It is usually pale pink in colour, has small, brown papillae in clusters located in the central part of its body. This species grows to a maximum radius of approximately 27 cm.
It lives in shallow waters, of the Indo-Pacific, at depths of up to 40 m, and is found on rubble slopes, coral reefs,in the reef front, back reef, the external reef, and frequently in locations with rubble and detritus.
This starfish feeds on algae, detritus, and dead animals. One of its predators is the sea snail Triton’s trumpet (Charonia tritonis). It also eats various small invertebrates and coral polyps…
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(photos: T - Sam Chow: M - Bernard DuPont; B - Richard Ling)