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Index of flora
Index of fauna
Kingdom Animale | Phylum Echinodermata | Class Ophiuroidea
  Photo by Tan Bee HongSerpent Star or Brittlestar
Family Ophiotrichidae


These animals have prehensile arms which break off easily. Serpent stars move by throwing their arms from place to place like snakes. Common in reefs and mixed substrates they shelter in crevices, algae, sponges etc.

Most are small, some having a central disc (body) only a centimetre in diameter, although their arms may reach up to 10cm. They are scavengers.
Introduction
Shore environment
 
From A Guide to Seashore Life by Dr Leo W H Tan and Peter K L Ng
Published by the Singapore Science Centre and sponsored by BP

@Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research and Singapore Science Centre