|Basket star feeding at night at the Red Sea|
Basket stars are a group of brittle stars. They are treated as a suborder Euryalina or order Euryalida. Many of them have characteristic many-branched arms. They generally live in deep sea habitats. In the wild they may live up to 35 years. They weigh around 11 lbs (5 kg). Like other echinoderms, basket stars lack blood and achieve gas exchange via their water vascular system.
Systematics and phylogeny
- "Euryalina". Integrated Taxonomic Information System.
- Smith, A.B.; Paterson, G.L.J. . Ophiuroid phylogeny and higher taxonomy: morphological, molecular and palaeontological perspectives. Zool. J. Linn. Soc. 114 (1995)
- Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia, vol 1, Gale Cengage 2003
- E.Clarkson, E. N.K. Clarkson, Invertebrate Palaeontology and Evolution. Wiley-Blackwell; 4.ed. (1998)
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