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Fancy Brittle star

Ophiure protoreaster


A brown starfish with dark pattern, rounded central disc. The legs are long and banded with light and dark brown coloration with spines that aid the starfish in finding food.


Spotted at Nusa Dua, bali during low tide, costal reef area. The Fancy Brittle Star originates from the reefs of Tonga and the Indo Pacific.


It is nocturnal and often hides under the rocks during the day. At night, it comes out to eat detritus and small organisms. Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Echinodermata Subphylum: Asterozoa Class: Ophiuroidea

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Bali, Indonesia

Spotted on Feb 16, 2015
Submitted on Apr 2, 2017

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