A stalked hyocrinid sea lily with Amathillopsis sp. amphipods living on the stalk. These amphipods are usually found in mating pairs and use the stalk’s height off the seafloor to catch particles passing in the water column for food.

A stalked hyocrinid sea lily with Amathillopsis sp. amphipods living on the stalk. These amphipods are usually found in mating pairs and use the stalk’s height off the seafloor to catch particles passing in the water column for food. Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Gulf of Mexico 2017.

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