Brittle star on a soft coral

Brittle star on a soft coral

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Credit: GEORGETTE DOUWMA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Brittle star (Ophiothrix sp.) climbing on a soft coral. Brittle stars are echinoderms, relatives of the starfish and sea urchins. They crawl around using their long whip-like arms, and generally feed on carrion and detritus. Photographed in the Egyptian Red Sea.

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Keywords: animal, biological, biology, brittle star, climbing, cnidarian, coelenterate, coral, echinoderm, echinodermata, egypt, fauna, invertebrates, marine, marine biology, nature, ophiothrix sp., red sea, soft coral, tropical, underwater, wildlife, zoological, zoology

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