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Ophiuroidea belong to the Phylum Echinodermata, this phylum is separate from all other animals due to their unique characteristics. They are marine animals that include the modern brittle stars and sea baskets.

a rock showing prominant brittle star fossils a collage of brittle star tests Basket star image

Author: Lorna O'Brien
Last updated: 19/11/2006
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