Species group: Sea Stars and Brittle Stars
Other common names: Blue Linckia Starfish; Comet Sea Star; Blue Sea Star; Blue Sea Starfish; Blue Starfish
Scientific name: Linckia laevigata
The Blue Linckia Sea Star is found in shallow coral reefs and sea grass beds of the Indo-Pacific Ocean. It is a nocturnal scavenger, and emerges at night to feed on algae, clams and mussels. The Blue Linckia Starfish is a handsome addition to a reef tank, though it is one of the more challenging Sea Stars to keep in captivity, as it is very sensitive to temperature, salinity and pH changes in its water.
The Blue Linckia Sea Star typically has a bright blue body, with red or purple spots. It can sometimes also be found in greens, browns and oranges.