Brittle Star

brittle star
Ophioderma Longicauda

Brittle Star

Brittle stars are fascinating marine echinoderms that belong to the class Ophiuroidea. Unlike their close relatives, sea stars, they have long, flexible arms that they use for movement and capturing food. These arms are highly mobile and can regenerate if damaged, making them incredibly resilient.

Interesting Facts

Brittle stars are known for their intriguing method of locomotion, which involves a graceful and almost snake-like slithering across the seafloor. They come in a variety of colors and sizes, with some species having arms spanning several feet. These remarkable creatures are efficient scavengers and feed on detritus, small organisms, and even carrion, contributing to the ocean’s nutrient cycling and ecosystem health.

Where can you find me?

Brittle stars are commonly found in the Mediterranean Sea. They prefer rocky and sandy seabeds, coral reefs, and seagrass meadows at depths ranging from shallow waters to more than 1,000 meters. These echinoderms are vital components of the Mediterranean’s benthic communities, often hiding in crevices and emerging to scavenge on detritus and small prey.

You can often spot brittle stars at Amphorae Caves, living in the cracks of the reef or at the Roman Wall during night dives!