Most species of starfish eat clams, oysters, mollusks, or any other animal that is too slow to escape its attack. Other species may eat decomposed plant and animal matter or coral polyps.
Starfish can have a large diet based on where they live and their species. Most starfish feed primarily on mollusks (shellfish), snails, and other smaller marine life. Other species of starfish can feed on decomposing organic matter while others still are filter feeders, siphoning particles out of the water. The largest starfish, the Sunstar, feeds almost exclusively on other starfish, sucking them of their nutrients and leaving behind a bare skeleton.
Different species of starfish eat different things. Many of them eat mollusks such as oysters and mussels. However, some large ones eat other starfish (or the related brittlestars) and some, such as the crown-of-thorns starfish, eat coral.
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