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Stegnaster inflatus

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Ambush Starfish,Stegnaster inflatus sits in a tent like position to attract fish or crabs to take shelter in it,Takapuna Beach, 2019

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lexID:
12517 
AphiaID:
369038 
Scientific:
Stegnaster inflatus 
German:
Hinterhalts-Seestern, Neuseeländische Kissenseestern 
English:
Ambush Sea Star, New Zealand Cushion Star 
Category:
Etoiles de mer 
Family tree:
Animalia (Kingdom) > Echinodermata (Phylum) > Asteroidea (Class) > Valvatida (Order) > Asterinidae (Family) > Stegnaster (Genus) > inflatus (Species) 
Initial determination:
(Hutton, ), 1872 
Occurrence:
Endemic species, Nouvelle Zélande 
Sea depth:
1 - 35 Meter 
Size:
2,8 cm - 6,0 cm 
Temperature:
13°C - 23°C 
Food:
Predatory, Carnivore, crabes, crustacés, poissons (petits poissons) 
Difficulty:
Not suitable for aquarium keeping 
Offspring:
None 
Toxicity:
Toxic hazard unknown 
CITES:
Not evaluated 
Red List:
Not evaluated (NE) 
Related species at
Catalog of Life
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Author:
Publisher:
Meerwasser-Lexikon.de
Created:
Last edit:
2019-10-31 14:10:18 

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Stegnaster inflatus (Hutton, 1872)

Stegnaster inflatus, or the New Zealand cushion star, is a sea star of the family Asterinidae. This species is endemic to New Zealand.

It has highly variable colouring and can be red, orange, pink, yellow, olive green. Its common name is the "ambush sea star. Ambush sea star inflatus sits in a tent like position to attract fish or crabs to take shelter in it.

Synonymised names:
Palmipes inflatus (Hutton, 1872) (subsequent combination by Perrier (1875))
Pteraster inflatus Hutton, 1872

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