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Oreaster reticulatus (Cushion Star)
This specimen is commonly known as a cushion sea star and is a species of marine invertebrate. This starfish is in the family Oreasteridae, and has a color that varies from orange to brown, yellow or red. The cushion star has knobby spines on top and rows of suctioned tube feet on the bottom of each arm. The cushion star is found in calm, shallow, subtropical and tropical waters. Because this starfish is larger in size and can be colorful, it is easily seen and often exploited by souvenir hunters. It is illegal to take this species from Florida waters.