8/17/2014 - Lone Ranch Creek, OR: Starfish washed up on the beach. Purple, bloated. One arm was white and pulled out like long taffy.
Stichopodid-looking holothurian, with soft trivium bearing small podia (stichopus-looking) and strange black, hard tubercles.
Juvenile, about 1/2" - beautiful mottled bluish color.
Unusual 6-legged individual.
Echinoderms (Phylum Echinodermata from Greek, ἐχῖνος, echinos – "hedgehog" und δέρμα, derma – "skin") are a phylum of marine animals. The adults are recognizable by their (usually five-point) radial symmetry, and include such well-known animals as starfish, sea urchins, sand dollars, and sea cucumbers. Echinoderms are found at every ocean depth, from the intertidal zone to the abyssal zone. The phylum contains about 7000 living species, making it the second-largest grouping of deuterostomes (a superphylum), after...