Robust Feather Star (Himerometra robustipinna)

Also known as Crinoids, Sea Lilies, Storked Sea Lilies, Feather Star Criniod, Feather Starfish, Comasteroid Crinoid, Red Feather Star, Red Star Feathers, Red Feather Starfish, Firework Feather Star.

Description

Also known as Crinoids, Sea Lilies, Storked Sea Lilies, Feather Star Criniod, Feather Starfish, Comasteroid Crinoid, Red Feather Star, Red Star Feathers, Red Feather Starfish and Firework Feather Star.

Found singly or in groups on high coral outcrops and ledges in current prone areas of the reef.
At night they can be found free swimming hunting for food.
They feed on plankton.
Length - 30cm
Depth - 5-30m
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.

1 comment

  1. Posted by Rita
    February 28, 2018 at 23:51 pm - 1 person found this useful.

    Awesome !! I Saw a video of this fish without a name or description and wanted to figure out what it was. Thanks for all this great info.

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