About Starfish and Sea Stars
Found at all depths of the ocean, the Starfish or Sea Star is the common name for five orders and about 1500 species of the class Asteroidea of the phylum Echinodermata. Starfish characteristically have five or more arms which are used for movement and to capture it's prey. Should the starfish lose one of its arms, it is capable of regenerating new ones. Adult Starfish range in size from 1cm to 65cm. Other classes of echinoderms include the sea urchins, sand dollars, sea cucumbers, sea lilies, and brittle stars.
These are the most popular types of starfish. They are a tan color and have small white grains sprinkled on the surface, hence the name "Sugar Star."