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Atlantic Ocean Gets Hit With Invasive Brittle Star Species
2012-08-20 12:37:24

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The appearance and ecology of Atlantic coral reef habitats could be altered by yellow brittle star A study co-written by Dr. Gordon Hendler of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) about an invasive species of brittle star, Ophiothela mirabilis, has been published online in Coral Reefs, the Journal of the International Society for Reef Studies. Growing populations have established themselves at distant points in...

5-Limbed Brittle Stars Move Bilaterally, Like People
2012-05-10 04:47:57

Brainless organisms choose a central arm and head that way It appears that the brittle star, the humble, five-limbed dragnet of the seabed, moves very similarly to us. In a series of first-time experiments, Brown University evolutionary biologist Henry Astley discovered that brittle stars, despite having no brain, move in a very coordinated fashion, choosing a central arm to chart direction and then designating other limbs to propel it along. Yet when the brittle star wants to change...

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2011-05-03 08:06:20

Janies applies sequencing, supercomputing to correct erroneous classification A team of scientists has combined embryological observations, genetic sequencing, and supercomputing to determine that a group of small disk-shaped animals that were once thought to represent a new class of animals are actually starfish that have lost the large star-shaped, adult body from their life cycle. In a paper for the journal Systematic Biology, Daniel Janies, Ph.D., a computational biologist in the...


Latest Brittle star Reference Libraries

Ophiocoma scolopendrina
2013-11-15 10:40:07

Ophiocoma scolopendrina is a species of brittle star in the family Ophiocomidae. Ophiocoma scolopendrina, similar to other brittle star, have long and thin arms stemming from a small dish-shaped body and are around the size of an outstretched human hand. They belong to the phylum of echinoderms, which incorporates sea urchins, sea stars, and sea cucumbers. Dorsal disc and dorsal arm plates vary from black, multicolored black to a pale brown. The arms are abnormally banded. They can...

Gorgonocephalus eucnemis
2013-11-14 13:23:25

Gorgonocephalus eucnemis is a species of basket star in the class Ophiuroidea. It’s located in circumpolar marine environments within the Northern Hemisphere. The scientific name for the genus comes from the Greek, “gorgos” meaning “dreadful” and “cephalus” meaning “head”, and is in reference to the similarity between these basket stars and the Gorgon’s head from Greek mythology with its writhing serpents for hair. The specific name “eucnemis” is from the Greek...

Serpent Star, Ophiura ophiura
2013-11-11 10:45:41

The serpent star (Ophiura ophiura) is a species of brittle star that is classified within the Ophiuridae family. It can be found along northwestern coasts of Europe with a range that includes the waters around Sweden, Norway, Madeira, and the Mediterranean Sea. It prefers a habitat in sandy areas at depths of up to 656 feet. This species is typically abundant throughout its range, occurring at a rate of twenty individuals per ten square feet. The serpent star is small, with a disk that...

Nine-armed Starfish, Luidia senegalensis
2013-08-12 14:28:05

The nine-armed starfish (Luidia senegalensis) is a species that is classified in the Luidiidae family. It can be found in western areas of the Atlantic Ocean, with a range that includes the Caribbean Sea, The Florida coast, South American coasts, and the Gulf of Mexico. It prefers a habitat within muddy or sandy areas with plenty of seashells in protected areas like lagoons and can be found at depths of up to 130 feet. The nine-armed starfish has a small, round body with nine long arms...

Sand Star, Luidia foliolata
2013-08-12 10:05:45

The sand star (Luidia foliolata) is a species of starfish that is classified within the Luidiidae family. It can be found in northeast areas of the Pacific Ocean at depths of up to 2,000 feet. Its range extends from Nicaragua and the Galapagos Islands to Alaska and it prefers a habitat within muddy or sandy areas. The body of this species is small and holds five long arms. It can reach an average diameter of sixteen inches and is typically pale green, greenish gray, or gray in color. There...

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