Biodiversity Wednesday: Crinoids in Antarctica

And yes, CNN failed at identifying these as Crinoids.

3 comments

  1. WhySharksMatter · June 30, 2010

    Didn’t CNN used to employ some science reporters? With, like, background in science?

    • Southern Fried Scientist · June 30, 2010

      I mean, they got the domain and kingdom right. Can we really expect reporters to be able to tell an echinoderm from an arthropod? /sarcasm

  2. Alex · July 1, 2010

    I remember seeing this or similar footage about a year ago. Numerous debates raged on YouTube over what the creatures were as the reporters and various stories referred to them as sea spiders. I remember some folks insisting I was wrong.

    I tried to infer what the taxa is at one point, but can’t remember how far I got. A common comatulid crinoid in that region is Promachocrinus kerguelensis, but I’d need to see one of these up closer to tell for sure.

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