Starfish (Oreaster reticulatus)

Reticulated Seastar (Starfish) on beach with water behind it. Oreaster reticulatus is common Caribbean sea star (starfish) that eats sponges. Photographed on the beach of Grenada Oreaster reticulatus is a member of the family Oreasteridae. It was once the most common seastar in the shallow waters of the Caribbean . The cushioned star is large with a central disc surrounded by five short, tapered arms. The thick body of O. reticulatus is covered by a hard shell with raised knobby spines. The color of adult cushioned stars can be brown, orange, red, or yellow. Classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum/Division: Echinodermata Class: Asteroidea Order: Valvatida Family: Oreasteridae Genus: Oreaster Species: Oreaster reticulatus.

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