Euryalida Gorgonocephalidae

Gorgonocephalus eucnemis

Pacific Basket Star

Well-shod Gorgon's-head

Gorgonocephalus eucnemis is a species of basket star in the class Ophiuroidea. It is found in circumpolar marine environments in the Northern Hemisphere. The scientific name for the genus comes from the Greek, gorgós meaning "dreadful" and cephalus meaning "head", and refers to the similarity between these basket stars and the Gorgon's head from Greek mythology with its writhing serpents for hair. The specific name eucnemis is from the Greek "good" and "boot".

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