This appears to be a member of Charitometridae. Best guess is genus Glyptometra. There are several species known from the Indian Ocean and immediate vicinity at depths >1,000 m. However, the genus is likely oversplit, and the entire family needs revising.

Item Type:Image
Creator(s):Gates, A.
Identification:Messing, C
Date:12 September 2013
Classification:Kingdom Animalia > Phylum Echinodermata (Echinoderms) > Class Crinoidea (Feather stars, sea lilies) > Order Comatulida (Feather Stars)
Species:Glyptometra sp.
Behaviour:Arms raised into water column to feed on plankton as the current passes through the fan shape created by the feather-like arms.
Site:Indian > Indian Ocean > East Africa > Pweza-3
Depth (m):1381
Countries:East Africa > Tanzania
Habitat:Benthic boundary zone
Substratum:Deep-sea mud
Rig:Deep Sea Metro I
Project Partners:BG Group, Oceaneering
ROV:Millennium 113
Keywords:Glyptometra Crinoid
Deposited By:Dr Andrew Gates
Deposited On:14 August 2014

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