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Strong Arm Crinoid

Himerometra robustipinna


Crinoid - Himerometra robustipinna, sometimes known as Featherstars. The name comes from the Greek word krinon, "a lily", and eidos, "form". They usually host other small critters like shrimps, squat lobsters and clingfishes. Pic#1 shows one at rest, with its arms curled up showing its underside which has markings that makes interesting geometric designs. Pics #2 and #3 are usually the 'position' they are seen.


Tropical reef.

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AlbertKang 4 years ago

Thanks, @Antonio and @DrNamgyal for your kind words and support :)

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 4 years ago

Congrats Albert for the SOTW!

Fantastic capture Albert,just beautiful,congrats on the well deserved SOTW and thanks for sharing these creatures with all.

AlbertKang 4 years ago

Thanks, @Daniele for the SOTW :)

Thanks too, @Lauren and @Brian38 for your kind words and appreciation.
Actually, this Crinoids are a very common sight in most coral reef dive sites in the Philippines.

LaurenZarate 4 years ago

Wow Albert! So amazing this creature. Curled up it looks like an anemone. I love the swimming pictures. Congratulations!

Brian38 4 years ago

Congrats Albert on a well deserved SOTW! Certainly one of the most incredible and beautiful creatures I've ever seen!!

DanielePralong 4 years ago

Congratulations Albert, your crinoid has been voted Spotting of the Week! The biological interest and astonishing colorful aspect of this organism won you the vote.

"This kaleidoscopic riot of colors belongs to the underside of the curled-up arms of the feather star Himerometra robustipinna, our Spotting of the Week! Feather stars are crinoid organisms in the order Comatulida. Crinoids (class Crinoidea) are filter-feeding marine animals that all have a mouth on top surrounded by feeding arms. While there remain only about 600 extant crinoid species, fossil records indicate that they were much more abundant and diverse in past geologic era.
Make sure to visit the spotting the see this feather star opened up: it is just as stunning!"



AlbertKang 4 years ago

Thanks, @Ashley for the nomination :)

Thanks too, @MariadB, @DrNamgyal and @Neil Ross for your kind words and appreciation :)

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 4 years ago

This is pretty amazing too. What an unusual creature. Congrats on your nomination for SOTW.

Maria dB
Maria dB 4 years ago

What an interesting creature - very cool spotting!

AshleyT 4 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 4 years ago

Great spotting. Already so much appreciations!

AlbertKang 4 years ago

Thanks, @HayleyB and glad you like this one :D

HayleyB 4 years ago

Incredible! Thank you so much for sharing!

AlbertKang 4 years ago

Thanks again @Sukanya and do hope you get the chance to explore the ocean :D

SukanyaDatta 4 years ago

Surely some day....thanks for the kind offer. AlbertKang. I never knew crinoids are so the inky darkness of the seas ..a non venomous and rooted species needs spectacular colour....i wonder why . Your shots are brilliant too. Thanks for sharing.

AlbertKang 4 years ago

Thanks, @Michael Strydom for your kind words and support :)

@Sukanya, I'll be happy to show them to you in person if you come over ;)

Michael Strydom
Michael Strydom 4 years ago

Great Pic!!! Rich colours!!

SukanyaDatta 4 years ago

I don't believe this!!! My eyes must be lying. AlbertKang!!!!!

AlbertKang 4 years ago

Thanks, @Mark for your appreciation :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago

Astonishing animal !!

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Batangas, Philippines

Spotted on Aug 11, 2018
Submitted on Aug 13, 2018

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