PORT PHILLIP BAY


Brittle Star 

Amphiura parviscutata Clark, 1966

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Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

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

General Description

Disc mostly naked, only the long narrow radial shields observable, arms long and sinuous, to four spines on the side of each arm segment, the second lowest more flattened and widened than the others with laterally directed thorns at the tip, no tentacle scales. Live colour unknown. Disc up to 4 mm diameter.

Biology

This species is thought to be a planktivore.

Habitat

Subtidal waters from 3 to 125 m.

Soft substrates

Distribution guide

Southern Australia, including western and central Victoria.

Species Group

Seastars and allies Brittle stars

Depth

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

Water Column

On or near sea floor

Max Size

4 mm

Diet

Plankton or Particles

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

Species Code

MoV 661

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 parviscutata, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 22 Aug 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/6603

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