Ernst Haeckel Asteridea Star Fish Illustration

Free public domain Ernst Haeckel Asteridea starfish illustration from the late 19th-century book 'Art Forms in Nature.'

Ernst Haeckel Asteridea Starfish

Starfish are one of the most popular forms of sea life, and they definitely stand out in Ernst Haeckel’s signature scientific illustration collection, ‘Art Forms in Nature.’ Published between 1899 and 1904, this work helped usher in evolutionary biology to Europe at the turn of the century. This starfish joins jellyfish, frogs, birds, and many more flora and fauna. This book is now resides in the public domain where you can view and download it for free online.

Love starfish? Here are a few facts about sea stars that you may not know:

    Starfish don’t have brains! They have their own nervous system that relies on pumping sea water to generate nutrients.
    While small, sea stars can weigh up to 10 to 11 pounds.
    Starfish can live up to 35 years.
    It takes one year for a starfish to regenerate a lost limb.
    They’re not fish. Sea stars are echinoderms are are closely related to fellow echinoderms like sea urchins and sand dollars.