An asteroschematid snake star coiled among the branches of a small plexaurid octocoral, and surrounded by the spiny arms of large Novodinia brisingid sea stars on a craggy carbonate pinnacle discovered during Dive 13 at Tunica Mound at a depth of 401 meters (1,315 feet).

An asteroschematid snake star coiled among the branches of a small plexaurid octocoral, and surrounded by the spiny arms of large Novodinia brisingid sea stars on a craggy carbonate pinnacle discovered during Dive 13 at Tunica Mound at a depth of 401 meters (1,315 feet). Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Gulf of Mexico 2017.

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