Q:

What do sand dollars eat?

A:

Quick Answer

Sand dollars eat tiny bits of organic material they find on the sea floor. Sand dollars are echinoderms, which means they have spines. They get the name "sand dollar" because their skeletons look like large coins when they wash up on the beach.

Know More
What do sand dollars eat?
Credit: Rachel Hathaway CC-BY-2.0

Full Answer

When sand dollars are alive, they are about 3 inches in circumference and have very small spines that give their bodies a velvety feel. They move about on tube feet, which also help them to dig into the sand, collect food and convey that food to their mouths. Sand dollars also have tube feet on top of their bodies. These feet help the animal breathe.

Learn more about Marine Life

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What do brine shrimp eat?

    A:

    Brine shrimp eat green algae by filtering water through their legs. Members of the order Anostraca, brine shrimp are small crustaceans that live in brine pools and other inland waters featuring high salinity.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What do crustaceans eat?

    A:

    Many crustaceans such as shrimp mainly eat dead animals and scraps they find. They are considered scavengers that search for their food.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What do guppies eat?

    A:

    Guppies eat fish flakes or general fish food, but they are an omnivorous animal that likes to eat a wide range of organic, aquatic matter. A healthy, varied diet for a guppy includes vegetables, freeze-dried foods and live foods.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What do seahorses eat?

    A:

    Seahorses feed on small crustaceans. Some of the favorites for seashores are shrimp and zooplankton, though they will eat nearly any live food.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore