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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 12 months ago

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

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 12 months ago

Congrats Albert for the SOTW!

AntónioGinjaGinja 12 months ago

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

AlbertKang 12 months 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 12 months ago

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

Brian38 12 months ago

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

DanielePralong 12 months 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 a year ago

Thanks, @Ashley for the nomination :)

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

Neil Ross
Neil Ross a year ago

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

Maria dB
Maria dB a year ago

What an interesting creature - very cool spotting!

AshleyT a year 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 a year ago

Great spotting. Already so much appreciations!

AlbertKang a year ago

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

HayleyB a year ago

Incredible! Thank you so much for sharing!

AlbertKang a year ago

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

SukanyaDatta a year ago

Surely some day....thanks for the kind offer. AlbertKang. I never knew crinoids are so colourful....in 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 a year 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 a year ago

Great Pic!!! Rich colours!!

SukanyaDatta a year ago

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

AlbertKang a year ago

Thanks, @Mark for your appreciation :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a year ago

Astonishing animal !!

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Batangas, Philippines

Lat: 13.69, Long: 120.89

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

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