Disc covered with minute scales, arms with 4 small blunt arm spines on each side, one large oval tentacle scale protecting each tube foot. The plates along the dorsal side of the arm are in three pieces. Body grey to cream with wide dark stripes around arms. Disc up to 2.5 cm wide, arms up to 15 cm long.
Banded Brittle Stars can drop off the ends of their arms, like lizards drop off their tails. These arm pieces have a green luminescent glow, thought to act as a decoy for predators to follow at night. They are often associated with a scale worm that mimics the colour of the brittle star.
Rocky areas, on sand under flat rocks, to depth of 180 m.
Plankton or Particles
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed