brittle star

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brittle star

any member of the Class Ophiuroidea - Echinoderms which possess usually five slender arms, clearly distinct from the central disc which lacks an anus. The number of arms is more variable than in starfish Class ASTEROIDEA.
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BASKET STARS: Richard Midgley (above) and Marcus Bailey (l e f t) helped the Tigers to victory Pics: MIKE SLADE
Other megafaunal invertebrates, such as crinoids, basket stars, and sponges also may enhance the structural components of fish habitat (Puniwai, 2002) and may be disturbed or destroyed by some fishing activities (Freese, 2001; Krieger, 2001).