Feather Star in the Shallows

Feather Star in the Shallows

Andulay, Negros Oriental, Philippines

Anneissia bennetti, one of eight feather star species whose behaviour our team studied along the depth gradient from shallow (0-30m) to mesophotic (30-60m). Here, A. bennetti can be seen perched on a shallow coral reef, suspension feeding. Feather stars catch food particles using their tiny tube feet and shuttle them down their arms towards their mouth located at the central disc.