PORT PHILLIP BAY


Brittle Star 

Amphistigma minuta Clark, 1938

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Echinodermata
Class:
Ophiuroidea
Order:
Ophiurida
Family:
Amphiuridae
Genus:
Amphistigma
Species:
minuta

General Description

Disc covered in plates with a few erect spines in a ring on the upper side. Colour varies, including white, brown and red. Disc up to 2 mm diameter, arm up to 6 mm long.

Biology

This species is a detrital feeder. It broods young internally.

Habitat

Seaweed and rocky areas, from 1 to 127 m.

Reefs

Distribution guide

Southern Australia.

Species Group

Seastars and allies Brittle stars

Depth

Shallow (1-30 m)
Deep ( > 30 m)

Water Column

On or near sea floor

Max Size

2 mm

Diet

Organic matter

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

Species Code

MoV 2759

Identify

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Not listed
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Not listed

Author

article author O'Hara, T.

Dr. Tim O'Hara is a Senior Curator of marine invertebrates at Museum Victoria.

citation

Cite this page as:
O'Hara, T., 2011, Brittle Star, Amphistigma minuta, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 24 May 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/6600

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