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West Indian star-shell
Astraea tecta
(Lightfoot, 1786)

Seen from the side, the shell is almost triangular. From the underside, it looks circular, with a flat bottom. Along the edge of the underside, small rounded knobs are present.
It is vegetarian.
Size: the shell can reach up to 6 cm, usually 4 cm.

Can be found in seagrass beds and on reefs. Can be hidden in cracks en crevices.
Depth: ranges from 2 m down to 10 m.

Common all over the Caribbean.

In most countries it is illegal to bring back these shells from holidays.

West Indian star-shell (Astraea tecta)