Common Brittle Star Ophiothrix fragilis
Closely related to starfish, brittle stars crawl across the sea-floor using their flexible arms as "legs" for locomotion. There are some 1,500 species of brittle stars living today, and they are largely found in deep waters more than 500 metres (1,650 feet) down. Image: James Turner, Amgueddfa Cymru. Discover more of these remarkable images on the Up Close With Nature
online gallery on 'Rhagor', the collections based website from Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales.