basket star


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basket star

[′bas·kət ‚stär]
(invertebrate zoology)
The common name for ophiuroid echinoderms belonging to the family Gorgonocephalidae.
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Several groups of invertebrates were distinguished by their large size, such as black corals, sponges, crinoids, basket stars, anemones, and sea pens.
Similarly, the complex structures of crinoids, gorgonians, black corals, and basket stars may increase the availability of microhabitats and create a high surface area for settlement or retention of other organisms.
"Anything that's important to the infauna [here] is important to cod." The net picked up fewer invertebrates-usually snow crabs, basket stars, and sea urchins-with each of the dozen passes of the trawl.