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Ruby Brittle Stars

March 15, 2012 by staff 

Ruby Brittle Stars, Ruby brittle star
Ophioderma rubicundum
Lütken, 1856

Description:
Long slender arms with a distinct central disc. The arms are covered with scales rather than spines. The color is red with cream bands along the arms. The central disc may be colored solid, or banded/mottled like the arms.
Size: up to 55 cm from arm tip to arm tip.

Habitat:
It lives along the outer edges of the reef, and forages at night.
Depth: ranges from 12 m down to 25 m.

Distribution:
Occasional all over the Caribbean.

Remarks:
The genera to which the brittle stars belong have many species, of which the most common are mentioned in this program. To determine to which species exactly belongs your specimen, an expert is needed.

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