Sand Sifting Sea Star (Archaster typicus)

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Sand Sifting Sea Star

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Sand Sifting Sea Star

Archaster typicus

757 Litres (200 US G.)

25.4-30.5cm (10-12 ")


8.1 - 8.4

22.2-25.6°C (72 -78 °F)

8-12 °d

1:1 M:F

Live Foods
Other (See article)

5-8 years

Alternative names[edit | edit source]

Sand Sifting Sea Star

Synonyms[edit | edit source]

Astropecten polycanthus

Sexing[edit | edit source]


Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

The Sand Sifting Sea Star is reef compatible.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

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

Environment Specifics[edit | edit source]

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

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

Will sift through substrate looking for food.

Identification[edit | edit source]

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

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