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Not to be confused with Astrophytum.
Astrophyton muriatum - Basket star.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Echinodermata
Class: Ophiuroidea
Order: Phrynophiurida
Family: Gorgonocephalidae
Genus: Astrophyton
Fleming, 1828
Species: A. muricatum
Binomial name
Astrophyton muricatum
(Lamarck, 1816)

Euryale muricatum Lamarck, 1816

The giant basket star, Astrophyton muricatum, is an echinoderm found throughout the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico.[1] It is the only species in the genus Astrophyton.[2]

During the day, it curls up into a tight ball shape to protect itself from predators. At night, it climbs to an elevated point to feed on plankton by extending its intricately branched feeding arms in a bowl-like shape, to snare passing plankton and other organisms from the current.


  1. ^ Encyclopedia of Life: Astrophyton muricatum
  2. ^ Sabine Stöhr & Hans Hansson (2012). S. Stöhr & T. O'Hara, ed. "Astrophyton Fleming, 1828". World Ophiuroidea database. World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved February 25, 2012.