Asteroporpa annulata
Family Gorgonocephalidae

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Abundance: uncommon Distribution: outer shelf (50 m)

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This species has elongate, highly flexible, annulated (ringed) arms.
A. annulata
are found living among the fairly common branching corals that live
on the hard-bottom areas of the continental shelf region.

The dorsal view shows the annulated arms, with raised light-colored ridges
and depressed dark rings. Arms are long and flexible, tapering to a fine point.

(This specimen was collected on the shelf-edge during the Charleston Bump expedition)

A. annulata lives in a similar habitat to other brittle stars of the
continental shelf off the South Carolina coast.

Details of the arms show their incredible flexibility, all the way to the elongated tips.