Basket star

Basket star

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Caption: Basket star (Astropartus mediterraneus) with its braching arms coiled into a basket shape to catch plankton. Basket stars are a specialised kind of brittle star, which are marine invertebrates related to starfish. They have five flexible arms with many branches that radiate from a central disc-shaped body (not seen). Photographed in the Mediterranean, off Levant Island, France.

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Keywords: animal, astropartus mediterraneus, basket star, echinoderm, echinodermata, fauna, france, french, invertebrate, invertebrates, levant island, marine, mediterranean, nature, night, nocturnal, ocean, sea, temperate, underwater, water, wildlife, zoological, zoology

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