Starfish Dissection

Lab Companion


You will be required to locate the following items on a starfish specimen for your lab quiz:


You will be required to view a slide and determine if the slide specimen material came from a male starfish or a female starfish.


Be able to answer the following types of questions concerning starfish and other echinoderms:

Know the phylogeny of the starfish:

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Echinodermata
Class Asteroidea
Order Forcipulatida
Family Asteriidae
Genus Asterias
Species  (also its scientific name)

Asterias forbesi


Know the functions of the following starfish structures:


Describe the following vocabulary words associated with echinoderms and the starfish.


Starfish diagrams and photos to help you locate items during your lab experience: