||Sandy or muddy areas characterized by brushy, many-armed echinoderms known as basket
stars. Basket stars and the more common brittle stars are members of the class Ophiuroidea,
but the arms of basket stars bifurcate many times to form a large complex that is
reminiscent of a basket. Basket stars are usually larger than brittle stars, and maintain
an upright form, generally clinging to solid objects, conspecifics, or other fauna
using their bifurcated arms. In some soft sediment locations, basket stars form large
entangled aggregations consisting of many individuals and covering large areas. Most
basket stars are suspension feeders, but some species are more omnivorous or predaceous.