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How do most starfish get their food?

Last Updated: 12th May, 2021

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When the prey is opened, the sea star pushes itsstomach out of its body and into the bivalve, secretingenzymes that digest the prey's soft body tissues. The liquefiedbivalve is then absorbed into the stomach. Sea stars feedoften, and their size depends on the amount of foodthey eat, not on their age.

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Also know, how Starfish gets its food?

Their main sources of food are clams,oysters sand dollars and mussels, which are usually attached torocks or otherwise unable to escape quickly. They also eat snailsand injured fish, when they can find them. Not allstarfish hunt for meat, however. Starfish arepowerful hunters and primarily feed onmollusks.

Additionally, how do starfish release energy? Diffusion- Diffusion in the Starfish occurs whenthe water diffuses into their tube feet. This occurs when breathinginstead of the water vascular system. Energy- TheStarfish gets its energy using the water vascularsystem.

Similarly one may ask, what do I feed a starfish?

As we mentioned before, they are grazers and eat foodwhich has fallen to the bottom of your tank, including fish flakes,pellets and any other food. Most species enjoy a meaty diet ofmollusks, so putting a few clams or mussels in your tank is a sureway to keep them happy.

What do sea stars get eaten by?

Many different animals eat sea stars, includingfish, sea turtles, snails, crabs, shrimp, otters, birds andeven other sea stars. Though the sea star's skin ishard and bumpy, a predator can eat it whole if its mouth islarge enough. Predators with smaller mouths can flip thesea star over and eat the softerunderside.

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I?Aki Konnicke

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How does a starfish poop?

They have a mouth at the bottom of the body. They usethe little tubes on that surrounds the majority of the body to eat.The mouth of the starfish is on the bottom of the body. Thestarfish can recieve food either through the mouth or whenthe stomach extends out the body to eat and digest thefood.

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How do starfish sleep?

As far as sleeping is concerned, starfishare always moving all the time. More often they are just lookingfor food. Some of them are scavengers and others are activepredators. You will also find starfish that only come outunder the cover of darkness in the evenings, and people assume thatthey sleep through the day.

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Do people eat starfish?

Yes, starfish is technically edible. Seagulls areable to eat the entire starfish. I didn't know aboutstarfish-on-a-stick (thanks Michael Vella) but sea urchinsare very closely related to starfish and these are happilyeaten in sushi restaurants.

Chanelle Grediaga

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Do starfish have teeth?

But SOME starfish DO have teeth! Since moststarfish feed using their stomachs, there's no real need forthem to bite and chew the same way that say, a dog might. BUT thereare some starfish that have a lot of spines locatedaround their mouth that might be important to helping themeat.

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Are starfish poisonous to touch?

A starfish is marine creature that normallyinhabits the deep ocean floors. Some species are venomous to humanbeings. Starfish do not attack humans, but can inflictpainful stings with the release of venom, when they are accidentlystepped upon or handled.

Orlando Keil

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Do starfish have eyes?

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While it may not look like starfish have eyes,they do, although they're not like our eyes. Astarfish has eyespots that cannot see much in the way ofdetails but can detect light and dark. These eyespots are at thetip of each of the starfish's arms.

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How many starfish can you have in a tank?

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For smaller starfish, you'll needan aquarium that's at least 50 to 100 gallons, depending onhow many you add. Multiple larger starfish need morespace, such as tanks of 150 or 180gallons.

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Can u have a pet starfish?

They can be kept in the same saltwater aquariumas other fish, so long as you're careful to maintain theproper tank conditions at all times. For more starfish factsand starfish information on the different sea starspecies kept as pets, visit your local aquarium store andtalk to a professional.

Gloria Ruela

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What does starfish taste like?

If you've ever eaten river crabs in China, you'll findthat the starfish tastes just like the brain area ofthe crab. It also tastes very similar to the sea urchinsthat you can find all over Qingdao. It's no coincidence that seaurchin (which, again, tastes very similar) is considered anacquired taste.

Maddox Bocio

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Do starfish die when you touch them?

The reason is simple, starfish will die almostinstantly just because it is exposed to the air. However,some people say that it is just a myth, because just likefish that breathe through its gills, starfish shoulddo just fine if exposed to fresh air for just amoment.

Armine Kloppert

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Do starfish die if you take them out of the water?

No. The starfish would not die from beingout of water for the length of time it takesto take a few pictures. You can often see themattached to rocks and pilings during low tide, and theywould be out of water for longer than it takesto get a couple of pictures. But they can't stay out ofthe water indefinitely.

Frederique Spire

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Who eats starfish in food chain?

But starfish do have a few predators, ornatural enemies. Manta rays, some sharks and other large, bonyfishes like to pick starfish off the bottom of the ocean,crunch them up and eat them. In addition, smallstarfish need to be on the lookout for largerstarfish, which will sometimes attack, kill and eatthem.

Sion Ayliffe

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What is a group of starfish called?

Answered Jul 1, 2018 · Author has 1.4k answersand 735.4k answer views. The collective nouns for a group of seastars are either a galaxy or a constellation of seastars. However, I have also seen used a school or a group ofsea stars. BTW the correct term for these organisms is sea starbecause they are not fish.

Anchidim Pelechano

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How do starfish reproduce asexually?

Asexual reproduction in starfish.Asexual reproduction in starfish takes place byfission or through autotomy of arms. In fission, the central discbreaks into two pieces and each portion then regenerates themissing parts.

Agar Neugbauer

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Can starfish hurt you?

A starfish is marine creature that normallyinhabits the deep ocean floors. Some species are venomous to humanbeings. Starfish do not attack humans, but caninflict painful stings with the release of venom, when they areaccidently stepped upon or handled.

Arsela Perard

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Why are starfish important to humans?

The existence of starfish species creates jobsfor people in different ways. For example, U.S. law empowers andfinances the Secretary of Commerce to cooperate with leaders inislands such as Hawaii to monitor and study starfish to helphuman beings better understand them.

Lashawn Larraona

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Where is a starfish stomach located?

The beginning of the process- Starfish have aunique digestive system with a mouth at the center of theirunderside and an anus on their upper surface. Food can be broughtinto the stomach through the mouth or, in many species, thecardiac stomach can be extended out through the mouth todigest food outside the body.