Orange feather star
Rocky reefs, kelp beds and inter-tidal zone
Orange feather stars have a central mouth surrounded by up to 40 feathery arms. Along the strands of these arms are a series of small feet, which the feather star can move by pumping water inside them. These feet have a sticky mucus coating, allowing them to catch passing food particles. Food is then moved along small grooves down each arm to the mouth. While feather stars look like they are firmly attached they can move about. On the underside of the central body feather stars have small grasping legs which they use to hold themselves to the reef. They can also move larger distances by swimming through the water column using their feathery arms.