Crinoids: Ancient versus Modern Forms (PA-08)
Crinoids live today in temperate warm seas. Some modern crinoids inhabit the Caribbean Sea from Honduras to Barbados and north to the Bahamas. In the Bahamas area five species are found. They are marked distinctly with bright colors green, black, yellow, orange and gold. Their arms range in number from 10 to 40. Crinoids have the ability to shed an arm and grow two in its place. The Nemaster, the most common crinoid of the West Indies, is found at depths of 25 to 200 feet. Modern crinoids usually hide beneath or among sponges, corals or dense patches of algae.
Our Hoosier State Beneath Us: Paleontology