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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

First steps

Juvenile Bat Star (Patiria miniata), only a few days after metamorphosis.

I first wrote about beautiful little sea stars like this a few years ago, so you can review photos of Bat Star larvae and newly-metamorphosed juveniles in the post called "A new star(t)" from 2 August 2013.

Eric raised some Bat Star larvae in the lab again for his summer class, but this time he also recorded a short video.  

It's fun to watch these tiny sea stars (~0.5 mm across) exploring and learning to walk with their new tube feet:

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