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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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It is one of the Britain's most important marine habitats, home to puffins, grey seals, northern octopuses and the wonderfully named, brittle-stars.
Temporal variation in populations of the brittle-stars Hemipholis elongata (Say, 1825) and Microphiopholis atra (Stimpson, 1852) (Echinodermata: Ophiuroidea) in eastern Mississippi Sound.