brittle star


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brittle star

[¦brid·əl ′stär]
(invertebrate zoology)
The common name for all members of the echinoderm class Ophiuroidea.
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These recently discovered brittle star fields in the dune areas now represent a new benthic community for consideration in the management of inter-reef habitats in the Marine Park.
Brittle stars were removed from the substrate, counted, and the volume of the substrate was estimated by measuring displacement volume.
Similarly, high-density aggregations of brittle stars and brachiopods in boulder-cobble areas and fields of sea pens and sea urchins in sand and mud habitats also may provide space and structure for other organisms (e.
Brilliant red brittle stars decorated the reef, as did Christmas tree worms, sea cucumbers and lobsters.
With no light, severely cold water, and intense pressure, most creatures here are invertebrates (lacking a backbone), such as sea cucumbers, brittle stars, and tiny squid.
Spiny brittle stars, Channel Islands National Park off Santa Barbara Island.
Undamaged, older larvae of sea stars and brittle stars (as well as other echinoderms) sometimes clone themselves.
Researchers observed coral species supporting thriving populations of invertebrates as diverse as tubeworms, shrimp, brittle stars, sea slugs, crab, colonial and solitary sea anemones and feather stars.
Barnacles, dog whelks, brittle stars, sculpins and sea urchins.
Antarctic clams, snails and brittle stars, because of adaptation to their environment, have soft shells and have never had to fight shell-crushing predators.
They included dead crabs and brittle stars - starfish like critters that are normally bright orange and tightly wrapped around coral.
They recorded numerous species, including lobsters, many types of crab, northern prawns, little cuttle, sea slugs, urchins, common starfish, brittle stars, colourful anemones and various fish, including plaice, bib and the ferocious sounding but harmless long-spined sea scorpions.