Astrobrachion constrictum (Farquhar, 1900)

Astrobrachion constrictum
Astrobrachion constrictum
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Tuesday, 30 July 2013
Location: 
Nth Solitary Island
Depth: 
18m
Common name: Snake Star
Distribution:

Common in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Known from Australia and New Zealand and south west Pacific Ocean.

Ecological Notes:

Found entwined in the branches of the host black coral trees to a depth of at least 200m.

Additional Notes:

Totally dependent on the mucus produced by the polyps of the black coral tree for its food supply, the Snake Star moves only during the hours of darkness.