Marine biologists are trying to get the term "sea stars" to catch on, since they are not fish, as they have no spinal column or central nervous system. Many live in cracks, hollows and burrows and hardly move at all. [17], Despite the robustness of the individual skeletal modules complete skeletons of starfish, brittle stars and crinoids are rare in the fossil record. They come in colors of black, brown, and a combination of the two, sometimes having grey bands around some of their limbs. [12] The fossil record includes a large number of other classes which do not appear to fall into any extant crown group. [33] Sea cucumbers are mostly detritivores, sorting through the sediment with their buccal tentacles which are modified tube feet. If they fall over, they will usually turn themselves upright. [50], Some echinoderms brood their eggs. In starfish, the female may carry the eggs in special pouches, under her arms, under her arched body or even in her cardiac stomach. Asterina phylactica has a flattened body which can reach up to 15 cm in diameter and small compact arms. They have an oesophagus, a large stomach and a rectum with the anus at the apex of the test. [3] Echinoderms are found at every ocean depth, from the intertidal zone to the abyssal zone. [53] A few sea urchins and one species of sand dollar carry their eggs in cavities, or near their anus, holding them in place with their spines. The sea cucumbers are boiled for twenty minutes and then dried both naturally and later over a fire which gives them a smoky tang. [54] Some sea cucumbers use their buccal tentacles to transfer their eggs to their underside or back where they are retained. The Brittle Star, Ophiocoma sp., is a species of starfish with long, flexible limbs that have small pointed projections across their bodies. Their small, less-than-bite-sized nature is what keeps them safe from ravenous predators. Despite the creepy name, this common starfish is actually a very small, slender species that feeds on sponges and bacteria. Jellyfishes are usually soft, gelatinous jelly-like, mostly transparent, and smooth in appearance due to the presence of 95% water in the body. The anus lies between the two arms. In some species (Linckia multifora and Echinaster luzonicus) one of the arms will virtually pull itself away, regenerates and forms a new animal. More amazingly, they can then regenerate a whole new arm . Crinoids and some brittle stars tend to be passive filter-feeders, enmeshing suspended particles from passing water; most sea urchins are grazers, sea cucumbers deposit feeders and the majority of starfish are active hunters. The burrowing of sand dollars, sea cucumbers and some starfish stirs up the sediment and depletes the sea floor of nutrients. They developed from other members of the Bilateria and exhibit bilateral symmetry in their larval stage. 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