Spinose Feather Star (Colobometra perspinosa)

Also known as Black Feather Star, Crinoid, Feather Star Criniod, Feather Starfish, Sea Lily, Spinose Crinoid, Stalked Sessile Crinoid, Storked Sea Lily

Description

Also known as Black Feather Star, Crinoid, Feather Star Criniod, Feather Starfish, Sea Lily, Spinose Crinoid, Stalked Sessile Crinoid, Storked Sea Lily.

Found singly or in groups often hanging on to gorgonians and black coral sea whips with their arms open on high coral outcrops and ledges in current prone areas of the reef.
They feed on plankton.
Length - 30cm
Depth - 0-120m
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. (edit) Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colobometra_perspinosa

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