Schlegel's Feather Star (Comaster schlegelii)

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

Description

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

Found singly or in colonies in crevices, on high coral outcrops, under ledges on rubble and sandy bottoms in current prone shallow areas of the reef. At night they can be found free swimming hunting for food. These feather stars vary in colour.
They feed on plankton.
Length - 26cm
Depth - 0-200m
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/Comaster_schlegelii

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