Significance to humans

Ophiuroids are of no direct significance to humans except for purposes of scientific research.

Feeding Posture

1. Nighttime feeding posture of snake star striped morph (Astrobrachion constrictum); 2. Feeding posture of Amphiura filiformis; 3. Snake star (A. constrictum) yellow morph coiled up during the day; 4. Northern basket star (Gorgonocephalus arcticus). (Illustration by Emily Damstra)

1. Ophiura ophiura; 2. Tropical brittle star (Ophiactis savignyi); 3. Common brittle star (Ophiothrix fragilis); 4. Dwarf brittle star (Amphipholis squa-mata). (Illustration by Emily Damstra)

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