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The mouth is on the underside of the body allowing them to feed largely on plankton.
They have five long, thin arms which readily break off but soon regrow and are regenerated.
They're found across the world from the Antarctic to the tropics. They're found in both shallow and deep waters.
Instead of crawling on hundreds of tube feet like starfish, brittle stars move fairly quickly by wriggling their arms. The mouth, on the underside of the body, has five teeth. They typically hide under rocks or in crevices during the day and then come out at night to feed.
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