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Pectinura maculata


The snake star (Pectinura maculata) [weki] is a most unusual brittlestar. It has long, rounded arms which do not break off easily and it gives live birth! In an aquarium it takes food from one's hand by coiling the tip of an arm around it and bringing the tip of its arm to its mouth. The snake star is rarely found in rock pools as it prefers deeper water where it lives under stones. This dead snake star was spotted near Waitaha cove, Wellington NZ.

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Glad you like it, @ShannaB & @Seema :)

Seema 8 years ago

interesting finding..

ShannaB 8 years ago

Very cool.

I spotted several dead brittlestars of that species, but unfortunately they are usually too damaged...I really like their color...

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Great find and info Despina. I guess it's not long gone as there is still colour.

Wellington, New Zealand

Spotted on Aug 18, 2012
Submitted on Oct 28, 2012

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