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Family Comatulidae

Comaster nobilis

(Carpenter, 1884)

Noble Feather Star, Yellow Feather Star

Likely Reef Tank Suitable

Likely Fish-Only Tank Suitable

Range: Indo-West Pacific Ocean

Size: 16 inches (40 cm)

Natural Environment: Inhabits coral reef areas that are rich in corals, gorgonians and coral rubble.

Aquarium Suitability: Not collected for the aquarium trade.

They are suspension feeders and uncoil/coil their arms to gather only extremely fine planktonic food. They also require very specific water currents in the course of gathering food. Without specific attention to their needs, they slowly digest themselves and disintegrate. Usually active at night, these Crinoids are better left in the ocean.


    Kingdom: Animalia

    Phylum: Echinodermata

    Class: Crinoidea

    Order: Comatulida

    Family: Comatulidae

    Genus: Comaster

FYI: Shown here for identification only.

Was previously identified as Comanthina nobilis.

Color depends upon areas of collection.

 Comaster nobilis (Noble Feather Star, Yellow Feather Star)
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