How do starfish eat their food?

A Starfish eat by wrapping itself around their prey such as clams or oysters and then extend it’s cardiac stomach out of its mouth to release enzymes on digestible parts of its prey so that the flesh and shell of the prey get dissolved (partially digested) to be engulfed by the starfish.

This unusual method of digesting prey partially outside the body, allows starfish to eat animals considerably larger than their tiny mouths. Except for oysters and clams, they feed on fish, mussels, and arthropods. 


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Updated on: 29-Mar-2023


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