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Common Name: Forbes sea star
Latin Name: Asterias forbesi
Size/weight: Five or so inches in diameter
Range: Gulf of Maine to Texas
Habitat: Low tide line to depths of 160 feet; rock, gravel or sandy bottom.
Diet: Clams, scallops and oysters. Stomach is everted into the prey animal, where it digests the tissue.
Predators: Spider crabs and, occasionally, lobsters.
Description: Five arms radiating from a central core with an eye at the end of each arm, thousands of tiny tube feet, and a mouth on bottom. Tough, almost spiny skin; color brownish red or orange. The sea star is able to regenerate severed arms.
Conservation Note: Not listed as threatened or endangered.