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Sea star or brittle star jelly fish hitchhikers?


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#1 Nick Hope

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 04:30 AM

Shot in the Mergui Archipelogo, Burma, Andaman Sea, Indian Ocean.

Are these little hitchhikers sea stars (Asteroidea) or brittle stars (Ophiuroidea)?

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#2 Leslie

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 08:22 AM

Hi Nick - they look like brittle stars to me.

I'd love to know if the pelagic larva settled on the jelly & stayed there or if the jelly got too close to the bottom & they climbed on. I suspect it's the first option.

Cheers, Leslie

#3 Nick Hope

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 10:00 AM

Thanks Leslie. Looks like there are at least 4 on there so I suppose they must have settled pretty quickly. Or do pelagic larvae tend to stick together?