Story: Starfish, sea urchins and other echinoderms

Dried starfish and sea urchin

Dried starfish and sea urchin

These starfish and a sea urchin (top centre) were collected by underwater divers near Kāpiti Island in 1971. A hobby at the time was to dry the specimens to make wall plaques. Since 1992 much of the underwater life of Kāpiti Island has been protected by a marine reserve, inside which it is illegal to collect animals like these.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1971/5161/22A

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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How to cite this page:

Maggy Wassilieff, 'Starfish, sea urchins and other echinoderms - Spiny-skinned animals', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 10 December 2023)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006