Critter of the Week: Brisinga chathamica
Brisingida are an order of deep-sea dwelling sea stars that look more like brittle stars with a small disk that is distinctly set off from their 13-15 arms.
The most common species around New Zealand is the bright red Brisinga chathamica which occurs off East Cape, the Chatham Rise and as far south as the sub-Antarctic Bounty Islands from around 300-1500m.
Brisingids are suspension feeders so they can usually be seen perched in exposed locations where they take advantage of the water current from which they extract food particles.
Spot the fish that is seeking shelter amongst the arms, some beautiful little gorgonian corals (Calyptrophora), and what is the squat lobster in the bottom centre up to? [NIWA]