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Scientific name: Astrocladus euryale
Common name: Basket star
Taxonomy
Phyulm Sub Phylum Class Sub Class Order Sub Order Family Sub Family Genus Species
Echinodermata Asteroza Stelleriodea Ophiuroidea Euryalida Euryalidina Corgonocephalidae Corgonocephalinae Astrocladus Astrocladus euryale

   

Short Description:

Basket stars are a member of the Brittlestar family, ultimately a member of Sea Star family. They have a flat circular body (disk) with long thin arms which branch out into even-finer striped tendrils.  The tendrils contrast with the disk as they are often ringed and grey in colour while the disk has distinctive black spots.  The mouth lies on the lower surface of the body.  This beautiful star fish is a favourite among photographers and is usually found clinging to sea fans. 

The name comes from the fact that it holds its arms outstretched like a basket to catch passing animals.  It can be found on all the reefs in Port Elizabeth but the numbers increase with depth.  Vast amounts of basket stars can be found on reefs like Gunner’s Rock, Avalanche and Gasmic Gorge. 

Identification
features:
Multiple long thin arms which branch out into even-finer striped tendrils, which fan out to catch prey. 
Size: Body average - 10cm in diameter. 
Behaviour: Holds its arms outstretched like a basket to catch passing animals.
Diet: Feeds on small animals and particles in the water
Distribution:  
Depth: 10 - 40m
Habitat: Attach itself to sea fans and corals.
Reference:
  • Two Oceans
    (A guide to the marine life of Southern Africa)
    GM Branch;CL Griffiths;ML Branch;LE Beckley
Similar Species:
  • None on databse

Database Statistics
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Photographer Date City Area Dive site Temp Size Depth Camera Photo Video
Analize de Vries-(Port Elizabeth) 2009-03-14 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Crossroads 13 125mm 15m Sony DSC-W170 photo
Analize de Vries-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-05-24 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Avalanche 16 200mm 22m Sony DSC-W170 photo
Analize de Vries-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-06-06 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Crossroads 16 250mm 12m Sony DSC-W170 photo
Analize de Vries-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-06-06 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Crossroads 16 280mm 12m Sony DSC-W170 photo
Andre Aggenbach-{Port Elizabeth) 2010-09-04 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-Shiprock 15 150mm 12m Olympus C-4000z photo
Charne Wepener-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-11-30 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-The Haerlem Wreck (1987) 17 200mm 20m Canon Powershot A70 photo
Charne Wepener-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-11-30 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-The Haerlem Wreck (1987) 17 250mm 20m Canon Powershot A70 photo
Cobus Hay-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-05-24 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Mark 4 Swimthru 12 400mm 18m Canon Powershot S300 photo
Cobus Hay-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-08-28 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-Phillips Reef 15 200mm 11m Olympus SP560UZ photo
Erick Kritzinger-(Port Elizabeth) 2011-10-01 Jeffreys Bay Jeffreys Bay (JB)-Namakwa Reef 17 70mm 20m Fujifilm FinePix F80EXR photo
Faure Mould-(Jeffreys Bay) 2010-11-06 Jeffreys Bay Jeffreys Bay (JB)-Rock Cod 19 250mm 12m Olympus C-50z photo
Francois Du Plessis-(Port Elizabeth) 2009-12-13 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Gasmic Gorge 12 400mm 26m Canon Powershot G10 photo
Francois Du Plessis-(Port Elizabeth) 2009-12-13 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Gasmic Gorge 12 150mm 26m Canon Powershot G10 photo
Gerald Smith-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-01-02 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Fort Raggie 15 200mm 13m Canon Powershot A710 photo
Gerhard Naude-(Port Elizabeth) 2014-09-21 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Gasmic Gorge 16 25mm 22m Olympus T6000 photo
Glenn Jacoby-(Port Elizabeth) 2008-10-18 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Gunners Rock 15 115mm 32m Fujifilm Finepix F50fd photo
Glenn Jacoby-(Port Elizabeth) 2008-10-11 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Avalanche 15 135mm 18m Fujifilm Finepix F50fd photo
Glenn Jacoby-(Port Elizabeth) 2008-12-13 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Gasmic Gorge 10 135mm 21m Fujifilm Finepix F50fd photo
Glenn Jacoby-(Port Elizabeth) 2008-09-26 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Gasmic Gorge 14 200m 22m Fujifilm Finepix F50fd photo
Glenn Jacoby-(Port Elizabeth) 2008-09-26 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Gasmic Gorge 14 180m 22m Fujifilm Finepix F50fd photo
Glenn Jacoby-(Port Elizabeth) 2008-12-20 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Chelsea 17 100mm 12m Fujifilm Finepix F50fd photo
Glenn Jacoby-(Port Elizabeth) 2009-02-27 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Gasmic Gorge 16 250mm 22m Fujifilm Finepix F50fd photo
Glenn Jacoby-(Port Elizabeth) 2009-02-27 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Gasmic Gorge 16 300mm 22m Fujifilm Finepix F50fd photo
Glenn Jacoby-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-04-27 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Gasmic Gorge 18 100mm 22m Fujifilm Finepix F50fd photo
Glenn Jacoby-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-04-27 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Gasmic Gorge 18 300mm 22m Fujifilm Finepix F50fd photo
Glenn Jacoby-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-08-28 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Thunderbolt 15 250mm 14m Fujifilm Finepix F50fd photo
Glenn Jacoby-(Port Elizabeth) 2011-04-09 Jeffreys Bay Jeffreys Bay (JB)-Kraal 16 80mm 12m Fujifilm Finepix F50fd photo
Glenn Jacoby-(Port Elizabeth) 2011-06-16 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Crossroads 16 200mm 18 Fujifilm Finepix F50fd photo
Jacques Alberts-(Jeffreys Bay) 2010-01-02 Jeffreys Bay Jeffreys Bay (JB)-Little Chelsea 13 150mm 10m Olympus C-50z photo
Jacques Alberts-(Jeffreys Bay) 2010-10-23 Jeffreys Bay Jeffreys Bay (JB)-Pictus 14 150mm 18m Sony DSC-W150 photo
Jacques Alberts-(Jeffreys Bay) 2011-07-16 Jeffreys Bay Jeffreys Bay (JB)-Little Chelsea 16 200mm 15m Fujifilm Finepix F50fd photo
Jacques Alberts-(Jeffreys Bay) 2011-12-28 Jeffreys Bay Jeffreys Bay (JB)-Little Chelsea 17 230mm 14m Fujifilm Finepix F50fd photo
Jacques Alberts-(Jeffreys Bay) 2011-12-26 Jeffreys Bay Jeffreys Bay (JB)-Namakwa Reef 17 350mm 12m Fujifilm Finepix F50fd photo
Jacques Alberts-(Jeffreys Bay) 2011-12-26 Jeffreys Bay Jeffreys Bay (JB)-Namakwa Reef 17 350mm 12m Fujifilm Finepix F50fd photo
Johan Du Preez-(Jeffreys Bay) 2010-10-02 Jeffreys Bay Jeffreys Bay (JB)-Rock Cod 16 160mm 17m Fujifilm Finepix F50fd photo
Johan Swanepoel-(Port Elizabeth) 2008-11-29 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-Three Sisters 18 200mm 18m Olympus SP560UZ photo
Johan Swanepoel-(Port Elizabeth) 2008-07-13 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Gasmic Gorge 17 250mm 16m Olympus FE280 photo
Johan Swanepoel-(Port Elizabeth) 2008-11-16 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Crossroads 14 200mm 18m Olympus FE280 photo
Johan Swanepoel-(Port Elizabeth) 2009-10-24 Jeffreys Bay Jeffreys Bay (JB)-Rock Cod 13 20mm 11m Olympus SP560UZ photo
Johan Swanepoel-(Port Elizabeth) 2011-07-09 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-Three Sisters 18 150mm 15m Fujifilm FinePix F80EXR photo
Johan Swanepoel-(Port Elizabeth) 2012-06-23 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-The Haerlem Wreck (1987) 17 200mm 19m Olympus C-8080 WZ photo
Johan Swanepoel-(Port Elizabeth) 2012-06-23 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-The Haerlem Wreck (1987) 17 200mm 19m Olympus C-8080 WZ photo
Juan Snyman-(Port Elizabeth) 2008-10-14 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Scotsmans Reef/Moonie 15 450mm 16m Olympus SP550UZ photo
Melanie Harmse (Port Elizabeth) 2012-05-27 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-Phillips Reef 18 250mm 10m Canon Powershot G11 photo
Neal Bruton-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-03-20 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Gasmic Gorge 16 250mm 24m Sony DSC-W170 photo
Neal Bruton-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-03-20 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Gasmic Gorge 16 150mm 24m Sony DSC-W170 photo
Neville Mare-(Jeffreys Bay) 2010-01-09 Jeffreys Bay Jeffreys Bay (JB)-Rock Cod 13 110mm 11m Sony DSC-T30 photo
Nico van Schalkwyk-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-04-01 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Vital Link 17 100mm 18m Canon Powershot A70 photo
Quinton Andrews-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-06-22 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Gasmic Gorge 10 200mm 25m Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR photo
Quinton Andrews-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-04-17 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-Kraal 17 300mm 15m Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR photo
Riaan Rossouw-(East Londen) 2010-08-16 East Londen Orient Beach (EL)-Small Pier 17 150mm 10m Panasonic DMC FX10 photo
Rodney Hope-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-10-31 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Crossroads 14 200mm 22m Sony DSC-P7/P9 photo
Sharon Clark-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-07-25 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Scotsmans Reef/Moonie 15 150mm 18m Olympus C-4000z photo
Sharon Clark-(Port Elizabeth) 2011-08-09 Jeffreys Bay Jeffreys Bay (JB)-Discovery Channel 16 50mm 16m Canon Powershot S300 photo
Yvette Retief-(Port Elizabeth) 2015-02-28 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Thunderbolt 20 300mm 14m Sony DSC-W390 photo
Yvette Retief-(Port Elizabeth) 2015-02-28 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Thunderbolt 20 300mm 164m Sony DSC-W390 photo
 
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