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Patiria miniata (Bat Star)
Scientific name: Patiria miniata

Taxonomy: Kingdom Animalia → Phylum Echinodermata → Subphylum Asterozoa → Class Asteroidea → Subclass Ambuloasteroidea → Infraclass Neoasteroidea → Superorder Valvatacea → Order Valvatida → Family Asterinidae → Genus Patiria

Common name: Bat Star
Locations: Eastern Pacific
Group: Marine LifeInvertebratesSea Stars

Bat stars are scavengers. Usually five-armed, but can have up to nine arms. I've seen stars with as few as 4 arms and as many as 8.

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Patiria miniata (Bat Star)
Patiria miniata (Bat Star)
Patiria miniata (Bat Star)
Patiria miniata (Bat Star)
Patiria miniata (Bat Star)
Close-up of back
Patiria miniata (Bat Star)
Close-up of back
Patiria miniata (Bat Star)
Stars eating a dead mola
Patiria miniata (Bat Star)
Patiria miniata (Bat Star)
Injured or dead star
Patiria miniata (Bat Star)
Patiria miniata (Bat Star)
Patiria miniata (Bat Star)
Patiria miniata (Bat Star)
Patiria miniata (Bat Star)
Patiria miniata (Bat Star)
Patiria miniata (Bat Star)
Unusual forked arm
Patiria miniata (Bat Star)
Patiria miniata (Bat Star)
With its stomach extended from its underside to feed
Patiria miniata (Bat Star)
Patiria miniata (Bat Star)
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