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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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Profile lexID: 12517 AphiaID: 369038 Scientific: Stegnaster inflatus German: Hinterhalts-Seestern, Neuseeländische Kissenseestern English: Ambush Sea Star, New Zealand Cushion Star Category: Zeesterren Family tree: Animalia (Kingdom) > Echinodermata (Phylum) > Asteroidea (Class) > Valvatida (Order) > Asterinidae (Family) > Stegnaster (Genus) > inflatus (Species) Initial determination: (Hutton, ), 1872 Occurrence: , Endemic species New Zealand Sea depth: 1 - 35 Meter Size: 2,8 cm - 6,0 cm Temperature: 13°C - 23°C Food: Carnivore, Krabben, Kreeftachtigen, Roofzuchtig, Vissen (kleine vissen) Difficulty: Not suitable for aquarium keeping Offspring: None Toxicity: Toxic hazard unknown Red List: Not evaluated (NE) Related species at: Catalog of Life
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Created: 2019-10-31 13:46:32
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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.
Palmipes inflatus (Hutton, 1872) (subsequent combination by Perrier (1875))
Pteraster inflatus Hutton, 1872
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