brittle star


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

brittle star

n.
Any of various marine echinoderms of the order Ophiurida having long slender arms.

brit′tle star`

or brit′tle•star`,


n.
any echinoderm of the class Ophiuroidea, having the body composed of a central rounded disk from which radiate long, slender, fragile arms.
[1835–45]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.brittle star - an animal resembling a starfish with fragile whiplike arms radiating from a small central discbrittle star - an animal resembling a starfish with fragile whiplike arms radiating from a small central disc
echinoderm - marine invertebrates with tube feet and five-part radially symmetrical bodies
Ophiurida, subclass Ophiurida - brittle stars
References in periodicals archive ?
Now, a team of researchers has discovered how a brittle star can create material like tempered glass underwater.
Previous phylogeographic work on the brittle star Astrotoma agassizii Lyman, 1875 based on mitochondrial genes suggested isolation across the APF, even though populations in both South American waters and the Southern Ocean are morphologically indistinguishable.
There is little information in correlation with anti-cancer activities of brittle star.
The pop-up bubbles, peek-a-boo holes and giant windows ensure fantastic visibility of these fascinating creatures with species including the Chocolate Chip, Brittle Star and giant Sunstar.
56 THE ENIGMATIC PACIFIC BRITTLE STAR GENUS OPHIOTYLOS: REOPENING A TAXONOMIC 'COLD CASE'
Set in a universe where all work is academic, Brittle Star follows the journey of a shipload of prisoner pioneers as they establish a penal colony on a bare yellow planet somewhere near the Horsehead Nebula.
Among the more than 100 taxa collected, however, the burrowing brittle star, Amphipholis geminata (Le Conte, 1851) and the sand dollar (formerly in the genus Encope), Mellitella stokesii (L.
Stunning images of the brittle star beds were captured by the AUV's cameras, and a grab sample filled with these writhing stars revealed they were Ophiopsila pantherina, the flashing brittle star.
Look out for shore crabs, starfish and the intricate brittle star.
EYE SPY: Cuttlefish's blinking lovely iris; HAIR I AM: Tiny spider crab on the ocean floor; SPOT ON: Seaslugs pair up in the deep; Pictures supplied; by APEX; GLUM: But this Wrasse cannot be off-colour; SO SHINY: Brittle star threaded on coral; TANGO'D: Orange shrimp and slug; RING THING: Indian Ocean octopus has lethal venom; MOUTHFUL: How jawfish incubates all its eggs; DEEP PURPLE: Seaslugs Mating; PSYCHEDELIC: A seaslug brightens up the ocean floor; STAR STRUCK: Shrimp in Struggle; ODD COUPLE: Moray eels nesting on exotic reef
The most common structure-forming invertebrates (98% of total) included the crinoid Florometra serratissima (40%), the brittle star (Ophiacantha spp.
Fissiparity, asexual reproduction in which an individual divides in two and regenerates missing parts, occurs in 34 of the 2,000 species of brittle star (Emson & Wilkie 1980).