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Echinoderm Classification


Introduction

Echinoderms can, according to their body characteristics, be divided into five classes.

Asteroid Class

Main features: They have 5 arms that start in a disc located in the center of the animal's body.

Example: Starfish

Echinoidea Class

Main features: have a round or flat body shape. They have 5 strong teeth in the mouth, which they use in the feeding process (mainly to eat seaweed).

Examples: sea urchin and beach cracker

Ophiuroidea class

Main features: have five arms, but these are separate from the central disc. Absence of anus.

Example: sea serpent (serpent stars).

Crinoid Class

Main features: The anus of these echinoderms is dislocated to the oral region. They live fixed to the marine substrate by the aboral region.

Example: Sea Lilies

Holoturoid Class

Main features: They perform gas exchange through a structure called the respiratory tree. The spines of the body are small in size and the body is elongated in shape.

Example: sea cucumber