Brittle Star

There are probably two different species of brittle stars on this slab. Brittle stars are delicate starfish that live on the sea floor, often in great numbers. Their five arms are ‘brittle’ – if one breaks off or gets eaten, they can grow another.

Find out more about starfish on the echinoderms pages.

Common name

Brittle Star

Scientific name

Palaeocoma egertoni (Broderip)

Type

Echinoderms > Starfish


Strata

Middle Lias

Time period

Lower Jurassic

Age

185 million years

Where found

Eype, Dorset

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Sidmouth Museum

Accession number

SID.G281.2009