Echinoderms: Stelleroids

Brittle Stars and Basket Stars

Ophiuroidea

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Echinodermata

Class: Ophiuroidea

Order: Ophiurida

Family: Ophiocomidae

Genus: Ophiopsila

Species: Riisei


Live in all marine habitats fringing from coastal tides to deep oceans.


Millions of them may carpet the seafloor in layers up to an inch thick, live from the shoreline down to 6,755 feet.


They are preyed on by fish and crabs, and they feed on detritus and small organisms like plankton and small mollusks.


Sexually reproduce.


No habitat dangers to the Brittle stars.

Feeding the Green Monster Star Fish

Euryalina

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Echinodermata

Class: Ophiuroidea

Order: Ophiurida

Family: Gorgonocephalidae

Genus: Gorgonocephalus

Species: Eucnemis


Live in all marine habitats ranging from coastal tides to deep oceans.


Create tangled knots when threatened and are able to regrow lost limbs


They are preyed on by fish and crabs and they prey on plankton.


Sexually reproduce.


No habitat dangers to the Basket Stars.

Basket Stars - Reef Life of the Andaman - Part 28