Date of this Version
BULLETIN 23 VOLUME I AUGUST 1931
Crinoids are popularly known as stone-lilies, featherstars, and sea-lilies. The word lily is a misnomer, and many, misled by the name and by the lily-like form, associate crinoids with the plant kingdom. The name, feather-star, seems explicit for it refers to the feathery arms surrounding the cup or calyx, and expresses relationship to the starfishes and their kind. The cup is attached to a stem, and the stem is anchored to the ocean floor by so-called roots, which are really hold-fasts, or anchors. These features may be seen in the diagram at the end.