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Black Brittle Star

Ophiocoma erinaceus


Spiny black star about 6-7 inches across.


Nearshore insular tropical waters.


Spotted in about two feet of water offshore of the Kahala Hiton hotel. The spotting occurred when I lifted a piece of coral rubble under which it was harboring. I picked it up and offered my granddaughter a chance to hold it. She practiced social distancing. I returned it to the bottom where it rapidly crawled off and found a new place to hide. N.B. This species, like all brittle stars, is not a true starfish.

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Allen Hoof
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Allen Hoof

Spotted on May 29, 2020
Submitted on May 30, 2020

Spotted for Mission

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