Blood Star
Henricia sanguinolenta

f22 @ 1/60s, ASA 25, Kodachrome 25 slide film, Nikonos II w 35mm and 1:2 extension tube, Oceanic flash w aluminum flash reflector


"Henricia sanguinolenta," Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Henricia sanguinolenta, commonly known as the northern henricia or bloody henry, is a species of sea star from the North Atlantic and North Pacific oceans. Henricia sanguinolenta is very similar to Henricia oculata, and the two can only be distinguished by laboratory tests. It comes in colors of red, yellow, orange, purple, and lavender.Henricia sanguinolenta is found in the North Atlantic and North Pacific oceans. The sea star can be seen on the beach, under rocks, in tidal pools when available, and on gravel. Its aquatic biomes are the coastal and benthic zones. The sea star is almost always found near sponges and coral because of the currents they create, making it easier for the sea star to filter feed. Henricia sanguinolenta is found from depths of 0 to 2414 meters.Henricia sanguinolenta shows behavioral adaptations in addition to physical ones. The sea star is usually seen with sponges and coral, using the currents they make to feed upon detritus. Henricia sanguinolenta is also one of the only species of sea stars that broods its eggs. The female stays with the eggs while they hatch, and continues to stay with them as larvae. The larvae stay in a dome shape created by the female's arms until they are ready to go into the ocean on their own. Until spring time, Henricia sanguinolenta lives a solitary life. Henricia sanguinolenta also doesn't react to the fluid of Asterias forbesi, which is toxic to most other sea stars.
Ft. Wetherill, Narragansett Bay, Narragansett, Rhode Island
 
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