Distribution: Red Sea, Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean.
Acanthaster planci colour can vary from blue, purple, red, pale-brown or green-gray, with variably coloured spines (yellow, brown, orange, red).
at Nungwi Beach (Zanzibar)
at Ko Rok Yai (Thailand) © anne
at Hilton Moorea (Tahiti and the Society Islands) © nst56
at Club Med Seychelles (Mahé) © nst56
at Wakatobi Resort (Indonesia) © nst56
at Plage de Tiahura (Tahiti and the Society Islands) © maupiti60
at Vilamendhoo (Ari Atoll) © dominique
at Ilots Choizil (Mayotte)
at Ilot de Sable Blanc du Nord (Mayotte)
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