PORT PHILLIP BAY


Brittle Star 

Amphiura poecila Clark, 1915

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Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Echinodermata
Class:
Ophiuroidea
Order:
Ophiurida
Family:
Amphiuridae
Genus:
Amphiura
Subgenus:
Amphiura
Species:
poecila

General Description

Disc covered in plates, arms long and sinuous, to seven rounded spines on the side of each arm segment and two small tentacle scales. Body and arms pale with dull purple markings. Disc up to 5 mm diameter.

Biology

This species is thought to be a planktivore. It is much less common than the related Amphiura constricta, which occurs in similar habitat.

Habitat

On sand under rocks, from 1 to 130 m.

Soft substrates

Reefs

Distribution guide

South-eastern 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

5 mm

Diet

Plankton or Particles

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

Species Code

MoV 1366

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, Amphiura poecila, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 19 Oct 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/6602

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