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Sea Lilies and Feather Stars: Crinoidea

Physical Characteristics, Behavior And Reproduction, Orange Sea Lily (nemaster Rubiginosa): Species Accounts, West Atlantic Stalked Crinoid (endoxocrinus Parrae): Species AccountsGEOGRAPHIC RANGE, HABITAT, DIET

ORANGE SEA LILY (Nemaster rubiginosa): SPECIES ACCOUNTS
WEST ATLANTIC STALKED CRINOID (Endoxocrinus parrae): SPECIES ACCOUNTS

Sea lilies and feather stars live in the western part of the Pacific Ocean and on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.


Most sea lilies live in deep water, and most feather stars live on coral reefs. Both animals usually live on hard surfaces.


Sea lilies and feather stars eat plankton and waste. Plankton is microscopic plants and animals drifting in water.

Sea lilies and feather stars have no known importance to people.

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Sea lilies and feather stars eat with their feet. The food grooves are lined with tube feet organized into groups of three. The two larger tube feet collect large food particles, fold over, and place the particles in the food groove. Smaller particles stick to mucus on the animal's arm, and the small tube foot brushes these particles into the food groove.

Sea lilies and feather stars are not considered threatened or endangered.

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