brittle star

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Synonyms for brittle star

an animal resembling a starfish with fragile whiplike arms radiating from a small central disc

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The team, together with scientists from Israel's Weizmann Institute and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, discovered that chalk-like calcite crystals in the skeletons of brittlestars have a dual function, acting as armour as well as optical receptors for an all-seeing compound eye.
To prove that the structures behave as lenses, Aizenberg shined a light through the skeleton of the brittlestar Ophiocoma wendtii.
Ocean warming and acidification; implications for the Arctic brittlestar Ophiocten sericeum.
2008) showed a reduction in larval survival and size, as well as increased larval abnormalities in the brittlestar Ophiothrix fragilis at pH 7.
In these waters they feed on worms, crustaceans, brittlestars and sand eels.
By studying the brittlestar, we can learn about low-cost ways of forming single crystals in complex shapes at low temperatures.
Finally they've found the answer: The brittlestar doesn't have eyes--it is an eye
The analysis of bony structures in the arms of the brittlestar Ophiocoma wendtii showed the presence of a regular array of spherical microstructures that look like lenses.
The structure and mode of function of the water vascular system of a brittlestar, Ophioderma appressum.
Variable tensility of the oral arm plate ligaments of the brittlestar Ophiura ophiura (Echinodermata: Ophiuroidea).
Shade-seeking behaviour under polarized light by the brittlestar Ophioderma brevispinum (Echinodermata: Ophiuroidea).
Several brittlestar species have been used to study autotomy mechanisms (Dobson, 1988; Charlina and Dolmatov, 2008; Charlina et al.
However, higher rates have been reported for some infauna--85% for a brittlestar in South Carolina (Stancyk et al.