Sand Sifting Sea Star (Archaster typicus)

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Sand Sifting Sea Star

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Sand Sifting Sea Star

Archaster typicus

Moderate

sg

1.020 - 1.025

pH

8.1 - 8.4

[[Minimum temperature::72 °TEMPLATE:UNITS-TEMP| ]] [[Maximum temperature::78 °TEMPLATE:UNITS-TEMP| ]]

8-12 °d

1:1 M:F

Omnivore
Live Foods
Other (See article)

5-8 years




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Alternative names

Sand Sifting Sea Star

Synonyms

Astropecten polycanthus

Sexing

Unknown

Tank compatibility

The Sand Sifting Sea Star is reef compatible.

Diet

Feeding regime

Archaster typicus feeds by sifting through substrate. If there's not enough food it will starve, an unfortunately common occurrence in captivity.

Environment Specifics

This starfish must have a soft substrate. In the wild it will sift through both sand and mud looking for food.

Behaviour

Will sift through substrate looking for food.

Identification

Dorsal side is medium grey with dark spots. Ventral side is white to cream in colour. Tube feet are transparent.

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