Starfish, or sea stars (a less confusing designation, since they are only very distantly related to fish), are marine invertebrates belonging to the kingdom animalia, phylum Echinodermata, and class Asteroidea, of which there are over 1800 known species. The names sea star and starfish also are (incorrectly) used for the closely related brittle stars, which make up the class Ophiuroidea.
Characteristics of sea stars include that they exhibit a superficially radial symmetry, since they typically have five or more "arms" which radiate from an indistinct disk (pentaradial symmetry), and tend to be covered in spines. Like other echinoderms, starfish possess an endoskeleton, but do not rely on it for support and locomotion, instead using a hydraulic water vascular system that functions via many projections called tube feet, located on the ventral surface of the starfish's arms.
Starfish are an essential part of marine food chains, being eaten as larvae, and becoming voracious predators upon reaching adulthood, with their diet including mollusks and other marine organisms. They even are able to evert their stomach in order to pull apart and digest their shelled prey. For humans, they are a source of aesthetic joy and their remarkable characteristics—movement based on a hydraulics system, ability to regenerate lost limbs and evert their stomach—add to the wonder of nature. Some starfish also are captured, dried out, and turned into popular souvenirs or decorations.
While starfish can reproduce sexually, if an arm of the starfish is severed from the body and it contains a portion of the central nerve ring, then another starfish can regrow from the severed portion. Lack of knowledge of this capacity increased the role of starfish as pests to commercial clam and oyster beds when fisherman, in an effort to get rid of these predators, would cut them up and throw them back into the ocean.
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