Story: Starfish, sea urchins and other echinoderms

Brittle stars (1st of 3)

Brittle stars

This mass of brittle sea stars was dredged up from the floor of the Tasman Sea, at a depth of around 400 metres. The species was discovered in 2003. They can reach extraordinary densities on the sea floor – up to 500 animals per square metre.

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How to cite this page:

Maggy Wassilieff, 'Starfish, sea urchins and other echinoderms - Other echinoderms', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/5192/brittle-stars (accessed 1 April 2020)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006