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A cluster of male ruby brittle stars (Ophioderma rubicundum) atop a brain coral. These males will soon release sperm during a night-time spawning event. Gulf of Mexico.

 

Photographer: G.P. Schmahl, Sanctuary Superintendent.

 

Credit: NOAA/NOS/NMS/FGBNMS; National Marine Sanctuaries Media Library.

  

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Taken on October 13, 2010