Many-rayed Feather Star (Capillaster multiradiatus)

Also known as Crinoid Feather Star, Crinoid Feather Starfish, Feather Starfish, Many-armed Feather Star, Sea Lilies, Storked Sea Lilies

Description

Also known as Crinoid Feather Star, Crinoid Feather Starfish, Feather Starfish, Many-armed Feather Star, Sea Lilies, Storked Sea Lilies.

Found singly or in groups during the day anchored under dead and live corals and rubble, crawling out nocturnally to high coral, rocky ledges and outcrops over current swept areas close to the reef. They can also be found nocturnally swimming freely to feeding.
They feed on detritus and zooplankton.
Length - 20cm
Depth - 0-300m
Widespread Indo-West 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: x

0 comments

Leave a comment

Known Sightings / Photograph Locations

Share this: