Beautiful Feather Star (Cenometra bella)

Also known as Crinoid, Feather Star Criniod, Feather Starfish, Gorgonian Feather Star, Sea Lily, Storked Sea Lily

Description

Also known as Crinoid, Feather Star Criniod, Feather Starfish, Gorgonian Feather Star, Sea Lily, Storked Sea Lily.

Found singly or in colonies usually clinging to gorgonians. At night they can be found free swimming hunting for food. Varies in colour.
They feed on plankton.
Length - 15cm
Depth - 0-55m
Widespread Indo-Pacific

Feather stars are usually found curled up during the day, but at night they extend their feathery arms to catch plankton in the currents.
They float, crawl, roll, walk or even swim through the current to different locations.
Some small animals like clingfish and crustaceans can be found in the arms of feathers stars.
Feather stars have both their mouth and anus on the upper surface.
Very much like sea stars if their arms are damaged they can regenerate at will. Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cenometra_bella

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