One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A class of echinoderms that comprises the brittle stars.
- ‘Brittle stars of the Ophiuroidea are predators, deposit feeders, scavengers, and suspension feeders, which feed by outstretching their arms to capture prey.’
- ‘Members of the Asteroidea are often called ‘true starfish’ and are closely related to the Ophiuroidea, having a common ancestor in the Ordovican.’
- ‘Of all echinoderms, the Ophiuroidea may have the strongest tendency toward 5-segment radial symmetry.’
Modern Latin (plural), based on the genus name Ophiura, from Greek ophis ‘snake’ + oura ‘tail’.
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