Distribution and conservation

Distribution

Neocrinus decorus is found in the tropical waters of the western Atlantic Ocean, particularly around the Caribbean. 

View a map of Neocrinus decorus distribution on the Oceana website

As it is known from Miocene sediments of Barbados and Jamaica, the species spans at least 23 million years (Donovan and Veltkamp, 2001). 

Habitat

This deep sea species lives on the sea floor at depths of 150m to 1200m.

Population biology

The species may appear in:

  • large numbers (crinoid meadows) on the sea floor
  • groups on rocky protuberances

Threats and conservation status

These creatures are are vulnerable to:

  • ocean acidification
  • drag net fishing

However, they are unlikely to become threatened or extinct in the near future. 

Risk statement

N. decorus is non-invasive, with little impact on the environment.