Bennett’s feather star, Oxycomanthus bennetti

Bennett’s feather star is a suspension feeder that grows to be about 1 foot with 31-120 arms extending upward from the body. The star catches the food, usually phytoplankton and zooplankton, with tubed feet located on the outside of the arms. Yellow, Brown, Green and Purple are the most common colors for the Bennett’s feather star. The star will remain attached to the seabed by a stalk until it reaches maturity and then becomes free-living by breaking off from the stalk.

The Bennett’s feather star is large in population and lives in the Indo-West Pacific, to include Australia to China and Bali to Indonesia. These locations have the ideal habitat, strong currents and coral heads. This feather star grows in depths that are much deeper than other feather stars; 164 feet.

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Echinodermata

Class: Crinoidea

Subclass: Articulata

Order: Comatulida

Family: Comasteridae

Image Caption: Bennett’s feather star in the Maldives. Credit: Hectonichus/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)