Bat Starfish Specimen 3-4"

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Bat Starfish { Patiria miniata } specimen, dried and preserved. Measures approx 3-4" across. 

Bat Stars have webbing between their short, triangular arms, which gives them a batlike look. Normally, bat stars have five arms, but they occasionally have as many as nine arms. Most sea stars have pincers (pedicellariae) that remove debris from the skin gills, but bat stars have no pincers and are free of debris. Bat stars have sensors at the end of each arm that sense light and detect prey. When a bat star finds a food item, it extends its stomach over the prey and oozes its digestive juices onto it, liquefies the prey meal and then slurps up the resulting "soup."


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