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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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Now, a team of researchers has discovered how a brittle star can create material like tempered glass underwater.
Previous phylogeographic work on the brittle star Astrotoma agassizii Lyman, 1875 based on mitochondrial genes suggested isolation across the APF, even though populations in both South American waters and the Southern Ocean are morphologically indistinguishable.
The main purpose of this study was to evaluate the cytotoxic and anti-metastatic efficacy of Persian Gulf brittle stars (O.
As the AUV tracked above the bottom at a particularly dynamic area of the reef called Hydrographers Passage, about 200 km off the mainland, a vast sandy dune field supporting an extensive community of the luminescent, suspension feeding brittle stars (relatives of sea stars) came into view for the first time.
Eyeball-like sea anemones spill onto the deck, and multi-legged brittle stars (marine animals that resemble starfish) are everywhere.
In contrast, brittle stars and brachiopods were dense in low-relief mixed rock but rare or absent in low-relief mixed sediment.
Barnacles, dog whelks, brittle stars, sculpins and sea urchins.
Brilliant red brittle stars decorated the reef, as did Christmas tree worms, sea cucumbers and lobsters.
Brittle stars (Echinodermata: Ophiuroidea) are a common component of marine communities and often make up a significant portion of the biomass.
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.
Brittle stars lack the large, specialized eyes that many animals possess.
Spiny brittle stars, Channel Islands National Park off Santa Barbara Island.