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The brown spiny sea star (Echinaster spinulosus) is active during the day, found among oyster beds, seagrasses, and muddy bottom habitats along Florida's Gulf coast. It has five arms, each with hundreds of tube feet, that are used for movement and feeding. Powered by a water vascular system, the sea star's tube feet use suction to pull apart the shells of its food; clams and other bivalves.

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