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Contact: Kristin Friedrich
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Brittle Stars in Sao Paulo

Caption: O. mirabilis clings in multitudes to corals and sponges and reproduces asexually, by splitting in two and regenerating severed body structures. The ability of one star to "clone" vast numbers of identical twins enormously increases the species capacity to proliferate and disperse.

Credit: Photographed by Alvaro Migotto. Courtesy of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

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