Species group: Sea Stars and Brittle Stars
Other common names: Chocolate Chip Starfish; Nodular Sea Star
Scientific name: Protoreaster nodosus
The Chocolate Chip Starfish is found in warm, shallow lagoons at depths to 30 meters throughout the Indo-Pacific. They are opportunistic scavengers, and feed on corals and sponges, as well as snails and sea urchins.
The Chocolate Chip Starfish is distinguished by dark brown, horn-shaped tubercles which sit on the arms and which provide protection.
The Chocolate Chip Sea Star should be housed with non-predatory fish and is not reef compatible - as adult Chocolate Chip Sea Stars feed on corals.
nonreef tank, brown pointy horns, great addition
shrimp, soft corals, starve, reef tank, raw seafood, anti parasitic medications
dark protrusions, suction cups, slow moving seastars