Brisingids are deep-sea dwelling asteroids. They usually have many (6-16) long, attenuated arms which are used in suspension feeding. The Brisingida contains about 100 species in 17 genera and 6 families. A preliminary phylogeny for this order has been produced by Mah (1998).
From Knott, 2004.
These starfish have between six and 18 long, attenuated arms which they use for suspension feeding. Other characteristics include a single series of marginals, a fused ring of disc plates, the lack of actinal plates, a spool-like ambulacral column, reduced abactinal plates, and crossed pedicellariae.
The Brisingida contain two families, with 18 genera:
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