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Feather Star (Stephanometra indica) Monument, Lembeh. Night dive.<br />
Tentative ID. There is only two species into the Stephanometra genus, both with overlapping distribution:<br />
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Feather Star (Stephanometra indica)

Monument, Lembeh. Night dive.
Tentative ID. There is only two species into the Stephanometra genus, both with overlapping distribution:

    comments (8)

  1. Wow - nature never ceases to impress and surprise ... what a beauty! Posted 3 years ago
    1. Thanks! Posted 3 years ago
  2. It looks like sunrise in the ocean <3 Posted 3 years ago
    1. Thank you! Posted 3 years ago
  3. !!!!! Posted 3 years ago
  4. From today's JungleDragon Facebook post:

    "Beneath the surface of the ocean is a world so mysterious, beautiful, and weird! Feather stars (Stephanometra indica) are one example of the strangely wonderful animals that live in this underwater environment. They are marine invertebrates with feathery arms that radiate from a central body. They can have as few as five arms or as many as 200, all of which are capable of regeneration! Often found curled up during the day, these stars wake up at night to move around and to feed. The process of feeding is pretty cool. They extend and sway their arms, which resemble ferns dancing in the water. These feathery arms capture plankton from the water, and the stars use their feet to transport the food toward their mouths. Every arm is covered in tiny tube feet, which cover the food with mucus. Each foot passes the mucus-covered snack along to the next foot until it finally reaches the mouth for ingestion and then egestion from the anus, which is conveniently located right next to the mouth. Whether they are feeding, swimming, crawling, or sitting placidly, these creatures are truly mesmerizing and exotic to our terrestrial sensibilities! {Spotted in Indonesia by JungleDragon moderator, Patomarazul} #JungleDragon"
    Posted 3 years ago
    1. Thanks a lot Christine! :-) Posted 3 years ago
      1. You’re welcome! This is such a cool and interesting spotting :) Posted 3 years ago

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It is a medium sized feather star, with a relatively variable color pattern. Classically, it is gray-white concentrically barred cream, brown or orange. It has the peculiarity of having more often its arms in two parallel planes, like a fan, rather than as a bush or corolla. It stands at night at the summit of the corals, more or less perpendicular to the current.

Similar species: Feather Stars
Species identified by Patomarazul
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Uploaded Aug 15, 2018. Captured May 16, 2018 12:27 in Unnamed Road, Batulubang, Lembeh Sel., Kota Bitung, Sulawesi Utara, Indonesia.
  • TG-5
  • f/2.8
  • 1/60s
  • ISO200
  • 4.5mm