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Stuffed Pasta Starfish

Posted on Jul 18, 2019 by in The OFI Blog |

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) Research Associate Dr. Chris Mah recently spoke with Time Magazine about a starfish that is making waves in social media.

Plinthaster Dentaus, better known as the Ravioli Starfish

During his cruse with the Okeanos Explorer, he made many observations about the unusual species.

Plinthaster Dentatus is commonly known as the Ravioli Starfish. The species was the most frequent find during a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) dive in the Atlantic Ocean off the southeast coast of the United States. First discovered in 1884, the starfish’s biology is still widely unknown. However, Chris explains that the large pockets on each arm are full of the pasta-like creature’s organs.

If you would like to read more, Chris recently published an article about the ‘ravioli starfish’ or ‘cookie starfish’ on the NOAA blog here.