Seirocrinus subangularis is a pseudoplanktonic sessile, filter feeder that lived attached to a floating tree trunk.
Seirocrinus subangularis is a primarily fixed animal, with the fan like crown supported by a tether like stem.
During feeding, food becomes trapped in the mucus and is tossed into the food groove by a sudden whip-like action. transporting the food along the groove to the mouth at the centre of the fan.
As Seirocrinus subangularis was attached to its wood raft structure through-out life (Seilacher et al 1968: Simms 1986) its movement and food supply was dependent on the current flow as the log is dragged through the water.
Seirocrinus subangularis is sessile so is limited to bending movements of the stalk and flexion and extension of the arms.
The arms are arranged in a parabolic fan that faces into the prevailing water current. Each of the arms have numerous rows of featherlike pinnules, which are covered in podia. The podia are shaped like small tenticles and bear long slender mucus secreting papillae.
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Seirocrinus subangularis was a filter feeder that lived attached to a floating tree trunk.
Seirocrinus subangularis is found in England, Germany, Canada and Japan.
Seirocrinus subangularis was thought to breed once a year when both eggs and sperm are released into the water column.
Seirocrinus subangularis has a fan like crown supported by a tether like stem.
Invertebrate Curator, Department of Zoology.