The Recent stalked crinoids (Echinodermata) are comprised of 25 genera which are found at many localities below 100 m throughout the world's oceans. These have been photographed by bottom cameras and from submersibles in many areas. A review of the characteristics of the stalked crinoids
demonstrates that it is usually possible to identify the family and often the genus in the photographs. This augments information on their bathymetry and zoogeography, particularly in deeper water areas. The photographs also furnish an insight into the life mode of stalked crinoids: the dominant
attitude is the formation of a circular filtration fan by the arms which is tilted to intercept and filter horizontal currents.
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