Brittle Star

January 2009
World Book Science Dataset;1/1/2009, p1
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Brittle Star, a marine animal related to the starfish, sea cucumber, sea urchin, and sand dollar. These animals are echinoderms�they are spiny-skinned and usually have a five-part body plan with radial symmetry. There are more than 1,800 species of brittle stars worldwide. They live in crevices in coral reefs or in the hollow insides of tube sponges and vase sponges.


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