Researchers are studying feather star ecology in the Philippines, including the unique ways infestor species have adapted to their hosts. Feather stars are an ancient species of marine invertebrate. Some species are mobile when seeking food or escaping predators, but most spend their time perched on surfaces.
➡ Subscribe: http://bit.ly/NatGeoWILDSubscribe

About National Geographic Wild:
National Geographic Wild is a place for all things animals and for animal-lovers alike. Take a journey through the animal kingdom with us and discover things you never knew before, or rediscover your favorite animals!

Get More National Geographic Wild:
Official Site: http://bit.ly/NatGeoWILD
Facebook: http://bit.ly/NGWFacebook
Twitter: http://bit.ly/NGWTwitter
Instagram: http://bit.ly/NGWInstagram

One focus of the researchers’ study is infestors—animals that live on feather stars and feed on their waste. Infestors can mimic the feather stars’ colors and patterns very closely. According to researcher Angela Stevenson, feather stars may be “providing inhabitants with everything they desire in a safe haven.”

To learn more about this research project, go to National Geographic’s Open Explorer.
https://openexplorer.nationalgeographic.com/expedition/livingfossilsofthemesophotic#backgroundStage

Read more in “In a World of Warming Seas, Feather Stars Might be Winners”
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2018/08/feather-stars-winners-coral-reef-animals

Feather Stars and Their Animal Invaders | Nat Geo Wild
https://youtu.be/OyketlthVWg

Nat Geo Wild
https://www.youtube.com/user/NatGeoWild