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Marine Animal Encyclopedia

Goosefoot Starfish Anseropoda placenta

The goosefoot starfish gets its name from the appearance of the flattened, weblike disk that joins each of its five short arms together and produces an almost pentagonal shape. The central portion of the goosefoot starfish's disk is marked with a dark red patch, and conspicuous red lines radiate outward from this patch, along its arms. Its underside is colored yellow. The goosefoot starfish glides slowly over the sea bed searching for small crustaceans, mollusks, and other echinoderms to eat.

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  • Class Asteroidea
  • Diameter Up to 8 in (20 cm)
  • Depth 30–1,600 ft (10–500 m)
  • Habitat Gravel, sand, mud
  • Distribution Temperate and warm waters of northeastern Atlantic and Mediterranean
Goosefoot Starfish Habitat Mapzoom image