“Blue Bat Star” (Patiria pectinifera)
…a species of asterinid sea star that occurs throughout the northern Pacific Ocean, along the coasts of Russia, China and Japan. P. pectinifera typically inhabits areas with coarse sediment and/or stony seabeds. Blue bat stars feed mainly on algae, detritus, sea grasses and occasionally small invertebrates.
Petiria pectinifera is commonly used as a model organism in developmental biology as they are easy to maintain and have large and transparent oocytes. Making them mainly used for studies of ooctye development.
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