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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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They observed a six-armed brittle star and confirmed that the simulation was accurate compared to the real animal.
Microscopic anatomy of the axial complex and associated structures in the brittle star Ophiura robusta Ayres.
Methods: The HeLa cells were cultured and exposed to brittle star methanol extract for 24 and 48 hr.
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However, among the more abundant birds, Catoptrophorus semipalmatus and Limnodromus griseus (Scolopacidae), captured and ingested specimens of the brittle star, Amphipholis geminata at the nearby sand flat of Cocorocas (Pereira 1990).
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.
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The most common structure-forming invertebrates (98% of total) included the crinoid Florometra serratissima (40%), the brittle star (Ophiacantha spp.
Divide and broadcast: sexual reproduction in the West Indian brittle star Ophiocomella ophiactoides and its relationship to fissiaprity.
When it comes to spotting predators, one brittle star is all eyes.