|Kingdom Animale | Phylum Echinodermata | Class Ophiuroidea|
Star or Brittlestar
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.
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