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Astropecten armatus (Spiny Sand Star)
Scientific name: Astropecten armatus

Taxonomy: Kingdom Animalia → Phylum Echinodermata → Subphylum Asterozoa → Class Asteroidea → Subclass Ambuloasteroidea → Infraclass Neoasteroidea → Superorder Valvatacea → Order Paxillosida → Family Astropectinidae → Genus Astropecten

Common name: Spiny Sand Star
Locations: Eastern Pacific
Group: Marine LifeInvertebratesSea Stars

These bury themselves under the sand during the day.

Even at night, in bright light they'll hide over the course of a minute or two:

Astropecten armatus (Spiny Sand Star)
Astropecten armatus (Spiny Sand Star)
Astropecten armatus (Spiny Sand Star)

Other images:
Astropecten armatus (Spiny Sand Star)
Astropecten armatus (Spiny Sand Star)
Astropecten armatus (Spiny Sand Star)
Astropecten armatus (Spiny Sand Star)
Tiny juvenile
Astropecten armatus (Spiny Sand Star)
Astropecten armatus (Spiny Sand Star)
Astropecten armatus (Spiny Sand Star)
Astropecten armatus (Spiny Sand Star)
Astropecten armatus (Spiny Sand Star)
Astropecten armatus (Spiny Sand Star)
Astropecten armatus (Spiny Sand Star)
Astropecten armatus (Spiny Sand Star)
Astropecten armatus (Spiny Sand Star)
Astropecten armatus (Spiny Sand Star)
Astropecten armatus (Spiny Sand Star)
Astropecten armatus (Spiny Sand Star)
Astropecten armatus (Spiny Sand Star)
Astropecten armatus (Spiny Sand Star)
Astropecten armatus (Spiny Sand Star)
Astropecten armatus (Spiny Sand Star)
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