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Linckia laevigata - (Linnaeus, 1758)
Blue Linckia Starfish

One of the most common and showy shallow-water species of Indo-Pacific sea stars. Janine Cairns-Michael

[edit] Overview

With bright colors that range from aqua to almost violet, this is one of the most popular sea stars, and one of the few that tends to adapt to life in a reef aquarium.

Family: Ophidiasteridae

Other common name(s):

  • Blue Star
  • Comet Star

Native range:

Maximum length: 40 cm (16 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 380 L (100 gal)

Lighting: Good illumination will support algal growth on live rock, providing grazing opportunities.

Water: Marine 24 °C (297 K, 75 °F) - 28 °C (301 K, 82 °F)

[edit] Feeding

Natural and necessary diet unknown. Appears to graze algae from substrate, as well as accept meaty foods, but seldom survives more than 18 months. Appears to die of malnutrition.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

Able to live at least a year in a reef aquarium if properly acclimated and provided with sufficient food. May be attacked by hermit crabs and several species of parasitic snails that need to be removed with forceps.

[edit] Special Care

Acclimate very slowly to new water, over a period of several hours or more.

[edit] Breeding/Propagation

It reproduces asexually when one arm or ray pulls itself away from the central disc and walks away; the disc heals and grows a new ray, while the ray grows a new body and arms.

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Marine Invertebrates
Image credit: JCM
Text credit: RLS
Facts about Blue Linckia StarfishRDF feed
Common name Blue Linckia Starfish  +, Blue Star  +, and Comet Star  +
Family Ophidiasteridae  +
Genus Linckia  +
Image credit JCM  +
Lighting Good illumination will support algal growth on live rock, providing grazing opportunities.  +
Maximum length 16 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 100 gal  +
Native range Indo-Pacific  +
Reference A PocketExpert Guide to Marine Invertebrates  +
Specific name laevigata  +
Text credit RLS  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +
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