(Echinaster [Othilia] echinophorus)

One of the most sought after mollusks for artcraft is the starfish. Taken alive by divers in deep sea waters, its predatory collection is a hard menace to this exotic species.

Fortunatelly, there are laws protecting several molusks. The starfish is listed as endangered species; therefore, its collection is forbidden by the Ibama (1).


(1) Ibama – Brazilian Institute for the Environment (Instituto Brasileiro do Meio Ambiente e dos Recursos Naturais Renováveis) http://www.ibama.gov.br