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Serpent Starfish
Ophioderma sp.
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Tank Stats
Size: 2-6 inches
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Flake, Pellet, Meaty
Origin: Caribbean
Acclimation Time: 3+ Hours
Coral Safe: Yes
Invertebrate Safe: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallon

Unlike other commonly known starfish, the Serpent Starfish has long and thin arms that enable them to move quickly. The Serpent Starfish has five arms that are radiating from a central disk, underneath which, the mouth of the starfish is located. They are great scavengers and mainly feed on decaying matter and plankton. The Serpent Starfish can be found commonly in most of the world?s coral reefs. They are brittle, spiny and hard skinned animal. The Serpent Starfish are also known as brittle starfish due to its hard morphology. They move along the sea bed, and if any arm is cut off it can be regenerated and form a new arm. The Serpent Starfish have separate sexes but a few species are also found as hermaphrodite. Also, asexual reproduction is possible by disc cleavage. The Serpent Starfish generally like to stay on rocks and therefore live rocks are necessary in an aquarium to give a natural home like shelter to them. It is nocturnal and often hides under the rocks during the day. It feeds on small organisms during the night, and pushes their stomach out through their mouth, and digest the prey. They do not possess any brain and they have a ring of nerve cells that send the information around the whole body. The Serpent Starfish varies in color, and features tube feet. These tube feet are located along the arms that sense light and smell. The Serpent Starfish are negatively phototrophic, that is to say that they tend to move away from the light and are more active at night. It cannot tolerate copper medication.

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