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Serpant star

size:

disk up to 35 millimeters, arms up to 12 centimeters

color:

upper side beige-brown to orange-red; under side white-beige

age:

6 to 10 years

food:

small bottom-dwelling animals, such as crustaceans, worms and bivalves; organic waste

enemies:

various fish, sunstars

reproduction:

sexual

  • Dut: Slangster
  • Lat: Ophiura ophiura, Ophiura texturata
  • Eng: Serpent star
  • Ger: Schlangenstern
Large sand brittle star, Ecomare

Serpent star

Serpent stars are brittle stars. During the day, they often hide under stones or in the sand. Using their five arms, they search for food during the night by crawling over the sea floor. Although rarely witnessed, if you frighten a serpent star it can swim away.