Acanthaster planci

(ă-kan-thas′tĕr plan′sī″)

The scientific name for the crown of thorns sea star, a starfish that releases several toxins into sea water. Contact with the tentacles of this sea star may cause allergic contact dermatitis or conjunctivitis. Injection of the venom causes shock and liver damage.

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