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Feather Star

Scientific name
Cenolia tasmaniae
Common name
Feather Star
Life on the Edge
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Seastars and allies
Where to find
Subtidal reefs

Feather Stars have long arms that extend and are used to trap planktonic animals and other drifting material. The base of the animal is often wedged in to a rock crevice where it is held in place by strong feet.

The feathery arms of these stars are covered in sticky tentacles to capture food which is then passed down to the animal’s mouth located on the top of the central disc.  They feed on detritus and plankton.